Quality Jobs program shows poor investment even after excluding Pelicans

Louisiana 2021-2022 State Budget Plan: Winners and losers

BY: - May 28, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature prioritized roads, bridges and lawmakers’ pet projects in its $43 billion dollar spending plan for the state budget cycle that starts July 1.  Lawmakers’ budget negotiations were easier this year because the state ended up having over $2 billion in unexpected money to spend. In recent years, legislators have had to negotiate […]

Quality Jobs program shows poor investment even after excluding Pelicans

Louisiana Senate puts permanent sales tax in play for transportation projects

BY: - May 27, 2021

The Louisiana Senate voted 27-10 Wednesday for a proposal that would make the state’s higher sales tax rate permanent but start shifting revenue from that tax toward transportation projects in 2025. Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, attached the permanent sales tax proposal to a medical marijuana tax bill sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner […]

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Three groups still seeking more money in the Louisiana budget

BY: - May 27, 2021

Louisiana lawmakers have more money to spend this year than they’ve  seen in years, but that doesn’t mean everyone thinks they are getting what they need. Louisiana’s 10 safety-net hospitals that are supposed to serve people who are poor or lack adequate health insurance say they are short $82.1 million in federal and state funding, […]

Tax reform proposal heads to La. voters

Louisiana’s 1983 flood victims may not get money owed to them after all

BY: - May 25, 2021

The Louisiana Senate leadership may be nixing a deal to finally pay hundreds of Tangipahoa Parish families and business owners who won an enormous legal judgment against the state over flooding in their community nearly 40 years ago. Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration had been hoping to settle the $300 million judgment by paying out […]

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Will Louisiana finally get more transparency about how the courts spend money?

BY: - May 24, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature’s current judicial budget proposal includes a provision it doesn’t include in most years — a requirement the court system be more transparent about where it gets its funding and how it spends that money. The Louisiana House inserted a stipulation into the courts budget bill mandating that during the next budget cycle […]

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Louisiana House leaders direct millions of dollars toward ‘pet projects’ in their own communities

BY: - May 12, 2021

When the Louisiana House tucked $26.6 million for lawmakers’ pet projects into the budget plan it approved last Thursday, the big winner was Terrebonne Parish. Terrebonne received $2.95 million in pet project funding, more than any other parish in Louisiana, according to an analysis done by the Illuminator. It received the most money in spite […]

Gov. Edwards will likely approve early end to unemployment supplement

Legislation that slashes unemployment benefits by half gets support of Senate committee

BY: - May 6, 2021

A Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would cut unemployment benefits in Louisiana, leaving laid-off workers to collect about half the total amount they are eligible for under the current program in exchange for an extra $30 per week. Senate Bill 225, sponsored by Sen. Mike Reese, R-Leesville, proposes multiple formulas that tie an […]

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

Louisiana owes 1983 flood victims $300 million — and the victims might finally see some money

BY: - May 3, 2021

Nearly 40 years after their businesses and homes were devastated by flooding, Tangipahoa Parish residents and business owners might finally get some money out of an enormous legal judgment they won from the state government for property damage and emotional suffering.  Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration is hoping to reach a settlement with plaintiffs in […]

Gov. Edwards announces spending proposals for first $1.6 billion of COVID-19 relief

BY: - April 30, 2021

CLARIFICATION: This story has been changed to reflect that the amounts listed are what the governor has proposed spending. The Legislature will decide how much is spent. Louisiana’s unemployment trust fund would receive $400 million and the unemployment insurance loan payment system $230 million, according to a proposal Gov. John Bel Edwards has to spend […]

Biden calls for sweeping ‘once-in-a-generation investment’ to reshape the nation

BY: - April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Standing in the same House chamber where a violent mob temporarily disrupted the certification of his victory, President Joe Biden on Wednesday heralded the country as “on the move again” as he sketched out his expansive vision for a post-pandemic America. Biden in his first address to a joint session of Congress touted quick […]

Vilsack keys in on food insecurity and nutrition in USDA budget request

BY: - April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday laid out USDA’s goals to expand food insecurity and nutrition progrmas in the president’s budget request, as well as the agency’s focus on programs to address longtime racial discrimination.   “Normally I would talk to you all about numbers in the budget,” Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, told members […]

Gov. Edwards praises Louisiana’s ‘unwavering faith and enduring spirit’ in ‘State of the State’ address

BY: - April 12, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards devoted the first half of Monday’s night “State of the State” address at Southern University’s A.W. Mumford Stadium to remembering the illness, death, destruction and hard times that visited Louisiana in 2020 in the form of the novel coronavirus pandemic and its related economic downturn and back-to-back-to-back “devastating hurricanes (that) made […]