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In The Spotlight

LBP reviews the 2014 Legislature

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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The Daily Dime

Income inequality harms state revenues; States that raised minimum wage did not see job loss; Money needed for early-childhood reforms; States that cut incarceration rates still saw a drop in crime; Number of the Day

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The Daily Dime is a summary of the day's news stories related to the state budget and issues that affect low- and middle-income individuals and families, compiled every business day by Louisiana Budget Project staff.

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Our Two Cents

By Steve Spires

One in six Louisianans—16.6 percent—went without health coverage last year, a rate that’s statistically unchanged from 2012. New data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 751,000 Louisianans had no health insurance in 2013, which represents a drop of only 9,000 from 2012.

Nationally, 13.4 percent of the population—or 42 million Americans—lacked health coverage last year. Louisiana has the 11th lowest rate of health insurance coverage last year, down from 12th lowest the previous year. Continue reading…

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