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Back from the Brink: The 2018 Louisiana Legislative Sessions

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.

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Video: Budget cuts threaten to eliminate SNAP

In Louisiana, nearly 900,000 people need help each month to afford food.

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Budget brief: It’s time to re-invest in higher education

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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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one of the most important parts of our country’s safety net, and ensures that nearly 900,000 Louisianans each year have enough to eat.

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65 percent- Voters who said that continuing protections for people with pre-existing conditions is very important, if not the single most important health issue, for midterm candidates. (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)

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Congress is debating a comprehensive farm bill this summer, and the competing versions offered by the House and Senate could not be more different. The Senate bill, which faces a vote on the floor this week, would protect and enhance federal agriculture and nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that helps ensure that low-income families have enough food to eat each month. The House bill, which was approved earlier this month, would cut funding for food assistance by nearly $19 billion and invest that money in risky new work programs. The bill would make it harder for more than 2 million people to put food on the table by reducing or eliminating their SNAP benefits.

The farm bill is wide-ranging legislation that sets the rules and authorizes critical nutrition and agriculture programs every five years. One of the key programs in the bill is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which ensures 40 million people nationwide and nearly 900,000 Louisianans can buy groceries each month. There is a long history of bipartisan commitment to protecting and strengthening SNAP, which has long been one of the nation’s most effective anti-hunger and poverty reduction programs. It delivers nutrition assistance primarily to children, veterans, people with disabilities and seniors. In 2015, SNAP lifted more than 8 million people above the poverty line — including nearly 4 million children.

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