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The Wrong Prescription

Posted on March 7, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was introduced March 6 in the U.S. House of Representatives, would be a major step backwards for Louisiana and for the hundreds of thousands of residents who have recently gained access to quality, affordable health coverage.… Read more...

REPORT: Blueprint for a Stronger Louisiana

Posted on February 22, 2017
It's time to trade the never-ending cycle of budget shortfalls for long-term stability that allows for new investments in Louisiana’s communities. #InvestInLA
In the two decades since the federal government overhauled America’s welfare system, Louisiana has steadily diverted money meant to help struggling families gain economic security.

BATON ROUGE – Years of reduced investment by Louisiana in higher education have helped drive up tuition, jeopardizing the ability of many to afford the college education that is key to their long-term financial success and essential to a growing economy.… Read more...

By Jan Moller

Times of crisis call for shared sacrifice. But the deal being offered by big business interests to solve Louisiana’s historic budget shortfall would violate that basic principle by putting too much of the burden on working families that can least absorb a tax increase.… Read more...

EITC should be part of tax reform

Posted on February 2, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan Moller (225) 614-9126
jan@labudget.org

With time running out in the fiscal year, the temporary 1-cent sales tax increase proposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards is a necessary tool to stave off devastating cuts to healthcare and higher education programs.… Read more...

Louisiana’s economy is improving by some measures. But the economic gains have failed to dent the state’s shameful rate of poverty, according to new American Community Survey (ACS) data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Almost one in five Louisianans–about 896,000 people–lived below the poverty line in 2014.… Read more...

Census data shows coverage gains

Posted on September 16, 2015

There is encouraging news today from the U.S. Census Bureau:  Almost 9 million Americans gained health coverage in 2014 due to the Affordable Care Act. The national uninsured rate dropped from 13.3 percent to 10.4 percent — even though the poverty rate and median household income were unchanged from the previous year.… Read more...

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