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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.
Medicaid expansion in Louisiana has been a major success story. Since eligibility for the health insurance program was expanded in July 2016, more than 480,000 low-income adults have gained access to critical health services.
While the national economy continues to gain momentum, far too many families in Louisiana continue to be left behind. Data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau show that poverty and economic inequality remain stubbornly high across the state.
Most workers encounter a period in their life when they need time off from work to take care of their own health or that of a loved one, whether it be a newborn baby or a sick family member. Unfortunately, the vast majority of workers in Louisiana cannot take time off from work to provide that care while still getting paid.
Louisiana’s 2018 legislative year began with one overriding objective: to solve a looming“fiscal cliff” caused by $1.4 billion in temporary tax revenue that was expiring on July 1.
In Louisiana, nearly 900,000 people need help each month to afford food.
After a decade of reductions, higher education in Louisiana is once again threatened with deep cuts in the 2018-2019 state budget.

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