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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.

Requiring unanimous juries

Posted on March 21, 2018
Louisiana is one of only two states - Oregon is the other - that do not require a unanimous jury verdict for felony convictions. It’s one of the reasons the Pelican State leads the nation, and the world, in incarceration.

Number of the Day

32,814  - Projected number of prisoners in Louisiana in 2027 if all criminal justice reforms are left in place, a 10 percent decrease in the projected prison population absent reform.   (Source: The Pew Trusts)
Nearly 1 in 4 Louisiana children live in a household that doesn’t have enough food to eat throughout the month.

Number of the Day

261,000  - Number of children in Louisiana whose parents are, at times, struggling to figure out how to pay for their families’ next meal. (Source: Feeding America)

Doctors are leaving Louisiana

Posted on March 19, 2018
Louisiana’s chronic refusal to address its structural budget deficit is a likely reason medical school graduates are leaving the state at higher rates than just a few years ago. As the AP’s Melinda Deslatte reports, last week was when newly minted doctors found out where they will “match” with post-graduate residency programs.

Number of the Day

$53.3 million - Annual payments Louisiana will receive from BP over the next 15 years for economic damages associated with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Legislation filed for the current session would allow the money to be spent on general operations instead of squirreled away in special funds (Source: Associated Press)

Louisiana workers need a raise

Posted on March 16, 2018
Nearly 200,000 Louisiana workers would get a pay raise under legislation that cleared the Senate Labor Committee on Thursday

Number of the Day

$1,558  - The State of Louisiana’s debt load for every man, woman, and child in 2017. (Source: Associated Press)

The midyear deficit that wasn’t

Posted on March 15, 2018
Cowed by years of lower-than-expected tax collections for state government, Gov. John Bel Edwards asked state agencies to set aside $60 million last year in case another mid-year shortfall materialized. But this year’s budget is actually running a surplus, so Edwards is allowing agencies to spend the money.

Number of the Day

$4.3 billion - Amount of money in state general fund dollars for the coming year that are dictated by the state Constitution and other laws. (Source: The Advocate)

Budget process begins

Posted on March 14, 2018
The deliberations over next year’s state budget formally began Tuesday in the House Appropriations Committee, and major disagreements have already emerged between Chairman Cameron Henry and Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration.

Number of the Day

$25,806 - The median income among African American households in New Orleans, compared to $64,377 for white households. (Source: The Washington Post)

Will the Legislature pass a budget?

Posted on March 13, 2018
The Legislature’s most important task during its annual regular session is passing a budget. But many predict the Legislature won’t accomplish that task during the regular session this year, because doing so would require cutting more than $700 million, mostly from critical health and education programs.

Number of the Day

105,000 - Number of children in Louisiana whose parents would earn more if the Legislature increased the statewide minimum wage to $8.50. (Source: LBP analysis)

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