Trump tax plan

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)
April 17, 2018

TOPS over health care

The House Appropriations Committee put its stamp on the state budget on Monday, and the message was clear: College undergraduate students matter more than low-income Louisianans who need health coverage.

Number of the Day

$1.6 billion - The budget cuts to health care, including loss of federal funding, in HB 1 as amended in House Appropriations. (Source: The Advocate)
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.

Number of the Day

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.

Number of the Day

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