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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. Click here to have the Daily Dime delivered to your inbox.


Looking for leverage

Posted on May 25, 2017
Looking for leverage in the ongoing debate over Louisiana’s budget shortfall and the impending fiscal cliff, a bloc of Louisiana’s Democrats struck down a construction financing bill, which requires a two-thirds vote in order to pass.

Number of the Day

23 million - Number of people who would lose health insurance coverage if the House-passed AHCA becomes law. (Source: Congressional Budget Office)

The VP in BR

Posted on May 24, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence visits Baton Rouge on Wednesday - his third visit to the Pelican State in the past year.

Number of the Day

$190 billion- Proposed budget cut, over 10 years, to the federal SNAP program that provides food assistance to low-income families. The plan would shift costs to states, low-income families, temporarily unemployed adults and the elderly. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Trump’s dangerous budget

Posted on May 23, 2017
Its official release is set for this morning, but details of President Trump’s first executive budget have been emerging since last week and the news is not good for low-income Americans or Louisiana.

Number of the Day

$72 billion -  amount cut from disability programs in President Trump’s budget — primarily from Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, which provides income assistance to poor seniors and people with disabilities. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Budget hearings continue

Posted on May 22, 2017
Doubling down on a decade of cuts, Louisiana’s House-passed budget not only maintained cuts proposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards but deepened the pain for healthcare and children’s services by failing to allocate all available money.

Number of the Day

$120 - Additional amount Louisiana drivers would pay at the pump in a year, on average, if Rep. Steve Carter’s proposed 17-cent gas tax boost is approved. (Source: The Advocate)

LSU’s crumbling library

Posted on May 19, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards toured the crumbling Middleton Library at Louisiana’s flagship university and made a pitch for reinvestment on Thursday.

Number of the Day

$51 million - Additional federal flood recovery money heading to Louisiana, bringing the total allocation to about $1.7 billion. This total is less than half the request from Louisiana’s congressional delegation. (Source: The Advocate)

Minimum wage, LGBT bills advance

Posted on May 18, 2017
For the second year in a row, the Senate Labor Committee agreed to establish a minimum wage in Louisiana for the first time.

Number of the Day

212,000 - Number of Louisiana workers who would get a pay increase if Louisiana’s minimum wage is raised to $8.50 per hour (Source: Economic Policy Institute analysis of U.S. Census Current Population Survey data)

A tale of two sales tax exemptions

Posted on May 17, 2017
The Louisiana House of Representatives resoundingly voted down a bill sponsored by Rep. Jay Morris that would have permanently removed some exemptions to the state’s sales tax.

Number of the Day

72,400- number of Medicaid expansion enrollees living in rural Louisiana (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

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