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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

Pennsylvania moves forward with expanding health coverage; Pension systems make big gains; New Orleans DA to review potential wrongful convictions; and Hurricane Katrina: Nine years later

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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 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. That means fewer kids will risk going hungry in school, including those whose parents earn as little as $5 over the monthly income cutoff.

Across Louisiana, 849 schools with nearly 368,000 students qualify for the program, according to LBP analysis of spring 2014 enrollment data from the state Department of Education. But as of last week, only eight school districts had signed up for full implementation (meaning all schools in the district participate), while another three districts are signed up for partial participation. Continue reading…

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