Walt Leger

June 11, 2018

The Legislature now has one job

When the Legislature reconvenes in Baton Rouge next Monday to address what remains of the fiscal cliff, it will look far different than the special sessions that came before.

Number of the Day

$506.4 million - Amount of funding needed to fill the remaining gaps in the 2018-19 state operating budget. Most of the gaps are in higher education, public safety and social services. (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)
June 5, 2018

The good, the bad and the ugly

The second special session of 2018 went down to the final seconds, as most predicted it would. When it was all over at the stroke of midnight, there were bright spots and disasters and the all-but-certain specter of a third special session later this month.

Number of the Day

$60,000 - Estimated cost per day of special legislative sessions (Source: The Advocate)
May 31, 2018

A real revenue solution emerges in Senate

After a nearly two-year wait, members of the Louisiana Senate finally had an opportunity to weigh in on tax legislation that would address the state’s fiscal cliff on Wednesday evening.

Number of the Day

7.9 - Number of infant mortalities per 1,000 births to African American mothers in New Orleans, compared to 3.5 infant deaths per 1,000 births to white mothers in the city. (Source: The Data Center)
May 30, 2018

A partial solution is not good enough

The end of the second special session of 2018 is less than a week away, and the only major revenue bill to advance to the Senate is House Bill 27, by Rep. Lance Harris.

Number of the Day

$458,600,000 - Amount that would be raised by all revenue raising measures that are currently working their way through legislative process during the 2018 special session. Louisiana faces a shortfall of $648 million. (Source: LBP)