Capitol Access

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Reports on Louisiana politics, government and the people shaping state policy.

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Congress returns to work today, and the number one topic is the U.S. Senate healthcare bill that did not get voted on before the 4th of July break.

“I’m thankful that they hit the pause button,” Governor John Bel Edwards says. “But now it’s time to get it right, because what they’re considering is so wrong, I don’t think it could be made right.”


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Louisiana’s lawmakers may have proven resistant to tax increase proposals, but they're always asking, “What are other states doing?”

Thanks to the NPR State Governance Project (in which Capitol Access’s reporters participate), Joe Wertz of State Impact Oklahoma can tell us.


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Louisiana's budget problems basically boil down to one thing – more money needing to go out than is coming in. When it comes to state retirement systems, that problem has a name: it's called the “UAL”.


Budget 101: Outgo

Jul 4, 2017
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Yesterday we looked at state income, as part of Budget 101. Today we’ll look at the outgo.

Where does Louisiana spend its $9-billion of State General Fund revenue?  Let’s begin with what are known as “non-discretionary” items.


Budget 101: Income

Jul 3, 2017
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A new fiscal year started this past weekend, so this might be a good time for a basic review. Let’s call it “Budget 101”.

We’ll start with state income – also known as revenue. 


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In-state political issues have been taking center stage, but as Congress recesses for Independence Day, let’s check in on Louisiana’s delegation to Washington, D.C.


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Governor John Bel Edwards has signed nearly four hundred bills into law passed during the latest regular session. But he’s also used his veto pen on several bills. 


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“You may disagree with who Alton Sterling was as a person, but look at his children. There’s five children that have to be taken care of for the rest of their life – five!” attorney Chris Stewart said, after filing a wrongful death suit on behalf of Sterling's children.


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Whether it’s refundable tax credits, a decade's worth of property tax forgiveness, or cash up front, Louisiana is making deals with industry. In fact, state Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson has a new video out about it.


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The latest state employment figures are out, and the song remains the same one we’ve heard before from legislative fiscal analyst Greg Albrecht.

“We’ve been in a real decline, while the rest of the country has not. What we really need is job growth.”

Louisiana’s 5.7% unemployment rate, compared to the national average of 4.3%, is impacting sales tax and personal income tax collections, which together make up 61% of total state revenue.

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