Nearly half of the state’s bond debt for capital construction is NOT spent on state projects, but on local projects or non-public entities? In fact, Louisiana is one of only 8 states that allow private organizations to make a request for state capital dollars?
Action: Reform capital outlay so that state tax dollars fund statewide infrastructure priorities.
The judicial budget for Louisiana’s courts increases every year, even in times of deficit?
Action: Review ALL government spending, even when it occurs in other branches of government.
Higher education in Louisiana is largely funded as a block grant with little emphasis on outcomes or performance, even as the state experiences some of the lowest graduation rates in the country?
Action: When stabilizing funding for higher education, ensure there are appropriate mechanisms for transparency and accountability to drive better outcomes.
The state budget still includes funding for various non-governmental organizations, either as line items or through statutory dedications?
Action: Review and reduce ALL government spending, even if the dollars are in small amounts.
Louisiana incarcerates more people per capita than any other state – and at a cost that goes up year after year?
Action: Enact bipartisan smart-on-crime reforms that promote public safety while also controlling costs and allowing investments in other state priorities.
Hundreds of millions of dollars in Louisiana’s budget divert State General Fund for a specific purpose, leaving higher education and healthcare exposed for reductions during times of deficit.
Action: For example, a technology fund channels $10 million of taxpayer funds annually into a permanent dedication that will never be re-evaluated to determine if those technology needs have been met?