The legislative session is now in the history books. On Tuesday, the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) has released a new report that summarizes the 2022 legislative session from its perspective and states that the latest budget boom drove the legislative agenda as fiscal cliff awaits next term.
Louisiana lawmakers completed a three-month regular session more likely to be remembered for the post-pandemic spending spree, record-setting education increases and significant infrastructure investments than for sweeping policy changes.
Finishing their main budget plans weeks before session’s end, the House and Senate made few strides to address the looming financial cliff that hits next term. However, they prudently spent a short-term budget boom on debt payments, road and bridge work and other one-time projects, rather than on growing government operations