A Chance for New Investment in Roads

The major fiscal story of this “fiscal” session of the Legislature has been tax reform. Those bills got off to a fast start and are still in play. But another potentially big issue that had been on the backburner earlier began to move this week. That one deals with transportation and infrastructure. In the months […]

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Tax Restructuring Bills Advance

They call this a fiscal session and that was certainly apparent in the first week of the 2021 legislative session. The Legislature’s two tax-writing committees held five meetings between them and advanced a handful of the major tax reform bills of the session. Bills that CABL is watching closely include: HB 199 by House Speaker […]

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2021 Legislative Session to Focus on Issues that Could Be Gamechangers

The legislative session starts this week and it’s a fiscal session in more ways than one. Not only is it that every-other-year session where the focus is mostly on money matters, but it’s one where lawmakers will try to sort out a plan for spending a windfall of federal covid-relief dollars. The combination of those […]

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K-12 Education Sees Huge Influx of Federal Recovery Funds

It’s almost hard to comprehend, but from April of 2020 to today the federal government has earmarked roughly $4.6 billion to K-12 education in Louisiana as a response to the COVID pandemic. That’s a lot of cash. Much of it is going to cover or reimburse real-world expenses directly related to the coronavirus. We don’t […]

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2021 Legislative Issues – Fiscal Policies

This year’s legislative session starts in April, and CABL will be working with our RESET Louisiana partners, PAR, and the Committee of 100, on a full legislative agenda. Prior to the session we are highlighting some of the issues we will be focusing on. This time, we look at state fiscal policies.  In 2019, RESET […]

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2021 Legislative Issues – Higher Education

This year’s legislative session starts in April, and CABL will be working with our RESET Louisiana partners PAR and the Committee of 100 on a full legislative agenda. Prior to the session we are highlighting some of the issues we will be focusing on. Here’s a look at higher education. The good news for higher […]

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2021 Legislative Issues – K-12 Education

This year’s legislative session starts in April, and CABL will be working with our RESET Louisiana partners PAR and the Committee of 100 on a full legislative agenda. Prior to the session, we are highlighting some of the issues we will be focusing on. This week we look at K-12 education. There may not be […]

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Governor’s Budget Supports Public Education

Last week Governor John Bel Edwards unveiled his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. Thanks to another injection of federal dollars, the budget actually shows some growth over the prior year. That amounts to some good news for public education. The increase in revenues the budget envisions is modest – about $186 million in […]

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2021 Legislative Issues – Early Childhood Education

This year’s legislative session starts in April, and CABL will be working with our RESET Louisiana partners PAR and the Committee of 100 on a full legislative agenda. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight some of the issues we will be focusing on, and we begin with early education. There is good news […]

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This is the Year to Fix Louisiana’s Tax Structure

The Tax Foundation, an independent national tax policy organization, recently released a new report on individual income taxes. Its study found that Louisiana’s top income tax rate is higher than what you see in most of the southern and regional states we compete with for jobs. That doesn’t sound encouraging, but as is often the […]

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