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By Steve Spires

A new report provides a fresh layer of evidence that Louisiana’s colleges and universities have been uniquely hard hit by budget cuts in the wake of the Great Recession.

The report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that Louisiana has slashed state support for higher education more than almost any other state since 2008.… Read more...

The state Legislature raised the standards for high-quality early childhood education programs when it passed Act 3 in 2012. But lawmakers did not authorize new funding to help centers meet the standards. Some parents are at risk of facing higher tuition costs next year, which they might not be able to afford without additional financial support for low-income and at-risk children.

Inside the higher education numbers

Posted on January 28, 2014
The good news from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive budget is that the bleeding has finally stopped in higher education. After five straight years of deep cuts to public colleges and universities, the proposed budget for 2014-15 actually calls for a slight funding increase. But when we unpack the numbers, there is actually less there than meets the eye.
New federal data on poverty, income and health coverage released Thursday, Sept. 19 by the U.S. Census Bureau contains a treasure trove of information about how Louisiana families live and work. But here are five key trends that you should know about today’s data:

State budget cuts gut public education funding

Posted on September 12, 2013

Despite growing evidence that education is the key to a strong economy, a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) finds that budget cuts during the Great Recession have reduced states’ ability to invest in K-12 education.… Read more...

The State of Working Louisiana 2013

Posted on August 29, 2013
While corporate profits and worker productivity have grown considerably in Louisiana over the past three decades, typical Louisiana workers did not see much improvement in their paycheck, according to a new report by the Louisiana Budget Project.

The states with the best-educated workers also tend to have the highest median wages.

That simply put powerful bottom-line conclusion comes from a new paper by the Economic Policy Institute, released today, which shows the best way for Louisiana to grow its economy and create the kind of high-paying jobs that can support a family is by investing more in education.… Read more...

The 2013 state Legislative session is likely to be remembered more for what didn’t happen than for what did. Tax reform died in the first week of session, Legislators denied health coverage to 400,000 low-income Louisianans and a hard-fought budget compromise failed to address the state’s structural deficit.… Read more...

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