Trump tax bill

June 6, 2018

Reflections on a meltdown

The Legislature’s failure to agree on a revenue package that supports the budget bill they passed brought swift condemnation from editorial writers and opinion columnists throughout the state.

Number of the Day

$.17 - The difference in sales tax on a $100 purchase between the House GOP plan (4.33 percent) and the one backed by broad majorities in the House and Senate (4.5 percent). (Source: Simple arithmetic)
February 6, 2018

Senators call for special session

While state House leaders continue to struggle for consensus on how to deal with the state’s fiscal cliff, a bipartisan group of state senators is urging Gov. John Bel Edwards to move forward with a post-Mardi Gras special session.

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68 percent - The percentage of black students at LSU in 2017 who reported experiencing discomfort on campus due to comments about their race. (Source: LSU Campus Climate Survey via The Advocate)
February 1, 2018

Where’s the $600 million?

There was heated back-and-forth last week in the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget over a claim by Gov. John Bel Edwards he’s cut more than $600 million from the state budget since taking office.

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$20 million - The projected annual savings to the state from raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 17. (Source: LSU via Nola.com)
January 25, 2018

Governor optimistic about state’s future

Gov. John Bel Edwards paid a visit to The Advocate’s editorial board last week, and said he remains optimistic about Louisiana’s trajectory despite the Legislature’s failure to address the state’s chronic structural budget shortfalls.

Number of the Day

40.1 - Amount of federal aid Louisiana receives as a percentage of state general revenue. (Source: Tax Foundation)