temporary sales tax

February 15, 2018

Looking beyond the “temporary” sales tax

The “temporary” 1-cent increase in Louisiana’s state sales tax, approved by lawmakers in 2016, was supposed to serve as a bridge to structural tax reforms. But those reforms never came, as House leaders rejected the recommendations of its own task force and other reform advocates.

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$2 trillion - Projected annual federal deficit in 2027 as a result of President Donald Trump’s 2019 executive budget. (Source: The New York Times via Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget)
January 12, 2018

Medicaid work requirements

Gov. John Bel Edwards said this week that his administration is “actively working” to develop a work requirement plan for able-bodied Medicaid recipients.

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67 - percent of Medicaid recipients in Louisiana who are children, seniors or disabled. (Source: Louisiana Department of Health
September 18, 2017

The politics of the fiscal cliff

Louisiana faces a $1.5 billion gap between revenues and expenses in the state fiscal year that starts July 1, mainly due to temporary taxes that are expiring. While some officials are optimistic that a deal can come together on taxes by early next year, others say the philosophical gulf separating Gov. John Bel Edwards from hard-line conservatives in the House is far from bridged.

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$7.3 billion - Amount of federal Medicaid funding Louisiana would lose in 2027 under a health care repeal bill sponsored by Sen. Bill Cassidy (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
May 2, 2017

LBP calls for “real solutions” in letter to House Ways & Means

Louisiana Budget Project executive director, Jan Moller, sent a letter to each member of the House Ways and Means Committee calling for action to raise money to account for both the $440 million fiscal year 2018 shortfall and the fiscal year 2019 cliff of at least $1.4 billion.… Read more...