Today, the Louisiana House of Representatives voted on the state budget, and higher education saw modest increases. LSU’s leadership expressed their appreciation for this support.
Researchers in the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication found support among people in Louisiana is growing for criminal justice reforms. Still, few believe the system is fair or effective at keeping communities safe. These details come from the fifth of six reports from the 2019 Louisiana Survey, which shows growth for criminal justice reforms is especially strong among Republicans and independents.
Louisiana Survey Shows Majority of Louisianans Support State Protections for People with Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
Researchers in the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication found that the majority of people across Louisiana—74 percent—want the state to protect coverage of pre-existing conditions if federal protections are dropped, even if doing so results in higher insurance costs for healthy people. The survey also found that 76 percent of Louisiana residents approve of Medicaid expansion, no matter where they fall on the political scale.
Louisiana Survey Shows Bipartisan Support for Public School Teacher Pay Raises & Increased Minimum Wage
Researchers in the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication found the majority of Louisianans – 88 percent – support raising teacher salaries, and the majority – 81 percent – also support an increased minimum wage of $8.50 an hour.
Louisiana Survey Shows Widespread Misperceptions about the State’s Income, Sales & Gasoline Tax Rates
Researchers in the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication found many Louisianans incorrectly believe the state income tax rate has increased in recent years (even though it has not). Researchers also found Louisiana residents have misperceptions of the state’s sales and gasoline tax rates. This data comes from the second of six reports from the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs’ 2019 Louisiana Survey, which reveals that half of Louisiana residents think the state’s sales tax is too high. Additionally, 65 percent of survey respondents prefer a mixed approach of increased spending and tax reductions if it looks like tax revenue will exceed the amount needed for the state to pay for its current expenditures.
Researchers in the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication released results of the 2019 Louisiana Survey, which reveals that more Louisianans say the state is heading the right direction. Still, the researchers found that residents’ confidence in government to solve problems, along with expectations for political compromise, remains low.
The Louisiana Board of Regents nominated three individuals to fill a vacancy on the state’s Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) during their regular board meeting. The slate of nominees next goes to the Governor, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House for selection of the new economist.
Professor Jim Richardson of the Public Administration Institute at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business is ending 30 years of service as the private economist on the Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference, the panel with the constitutional authority and responsibility to provide official revenue estimates for the state.
After three special sessions and one regular legislative session, the budget saga finally came to a close last night. The Louisiana Legislature, Governor Edwards and other state leaders maintained their commitment to present and future students by prioritizing TOPS and by sustaining funding for LSU and other Louisiana colleges and universities.
The Louisiana Legislature has approved a revenue measure that will fund TOPS and colleges.