unanimous juries

November 14, 2018

Another business leader weighs in on ITEP

Ever since Gov. John Bel Edwards gave local authorities more control over industrial property tax breaks, the big question has been how that power should be used. Should school boards, city councils and local sheriffs issue a blank check to manufacturers?

Number of the Day

4.3 - Louisiana’s percent change in real GDP for the second quarter of this year. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)
November 6, 2018

LBP’s Guide to the 2018 Constitutional Amendments

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Louisiana voters will find six proposed changes to the state constitution on their Nov. 6 statewide ballot. A seventh ballot question is not a constitutional amendment, but asks voters whether fantasy sports contests should be legal in their parish.Read more...

August 14, 2018

Work requirements don’t create jobs

Speaking recently on the Senate floor, Sen. John Kennedy said, “I want fewer people to need food stamps. And the best way that we can do that for those who are able to work is to help them get a job." Kennedy is right: when people are able to find good jobs, they’re less likely to need the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is evidenced by the latest data on SNAP participation and the state’s unemployment rate.

Number of the Day

6 - Percentage of the lowest-earning 25 percent of private sector workers who have any paid family leave benefits through their employer. (Source: LBP via the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
April 26, 2018

Unanimous jury bill advances

Louisiana is one of just two states that do not require a jury to return a unanimous verdict to convict a defendant in all felony cases.

Number of the Day

40 - The percentage of trial convictions in Louisiana over the past six years that resulted from split jury verdicts. Source: The Advocate)