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Louisiana public schools have lost out on billions of dollars over the past decade since state policymakers stopped providing annual cost-of-living increases to local school districts. That has made it harder for districts to keep up with rising costs, and widened the funding gap between rich school districts and poor ones.

BATON ROUGE – Black and Hispanic families in Louisiana have been disproportionately affected by a decade of cuts in state support for higher education, and the substantial tuition increases that have occurred as a result.

Average tuition and fees at a public four-year university accounted for 32 percent of median household income for Black families in Louisiana and 23 percent for Hispanic families in 2017, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.Read more...

After a decade of reductions, higher education in Louisiana is once again threatened with deep cuts in the 2018-2019 state budget.

The financial crisis confronting Louisiana’s colleges and universities is well known: Faced with chronic revenue shortfalls fueled by irresponsible tax cuts, Louisiana policymakers have responded by making deep cuts to state support for public colleges and universities, and having students make up the difference through tuition hikes.Read more...

An important goal of state policy should be to ensure that hard work pays off. New data from the Louisiana Workforce Commission show that many occupations adding jobs provide relatively low incomes to workers. Louisiana leaders should enact policies to support workers who will fill these jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. Doubling the state’s Earned income tax credit (EITC) and increasing the state’s minimum wage would be a good down payment for building an inclusive economy that supports these emerging jobs in Louisiana.

The United Way of Southeast Louisiana has produced a video about the importance of state investments in early care and education. It’s particularly timely, as the House Appropriations Committee is reviewing the governor’s budget recommendations. Click below to see for yourself why Louisiana needs greater investments in its most precious resource.… Read more...

By David Gray

Nearly 368,000 Louisiana students could eat two meals each day at no charge if school districts participate in a new universal meals program. The Community Eligibility Provision is designed to remove cumbersome qualification barriers in the school breakfast and lunch programs.… Read more...

LBP reviews the 2014 Legislature

Posted on June 4, 2014
The Louisiana Legislature wrapped up its 2014 regular session without tackling many of the state’s critical challenges, according to a new report by the Louisiana Budget Project. While legislators largely avoided the destructive cuts that have become the norm in recent years, they failed to address the state’s structural budget problems or take advantage of opportunities to help low-income families.

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