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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.

It’s time to fix the cliff

Posted on May 23, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards opened his sixth special session as governor Tuesday with an address to an estimated 1,100 supporters at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Number of the Day

5,280 - Number of families on a waiting list for subsidized child care through the Child Care Assistance Program (Source: The Advocate)
Legislators have several options for replacing expiring tax revenue during the special session that convenes this afternoon, including: eliminating sales tax exemptions, curbing tax incentive programs or reducing income tax deductions.

Number of the Day

10.6 percent - Percentage of infants in Louisiana born below the minimum weight for a healthy newborn in 2015, which is higher than the national average of 8.1 percent and is the second highest low birth weight rate in the country. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Two sessions down, one to go

Posted on May 21, 2018
The Legislature wrapped up its regular session ahead of schedule on Friday evening, setting up a two-week lawmaking period where legislators will try to come up with $648 million in new or replacement revenue to shore up the state budget.

Number of the Day

$-233 - Median net worth for families with children who are in the bottom 50 percent of income earners, a 260 percent drop from 1989 to 2013. (Source: New York Times)
The 2018-19 state budget is now on Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk, after the House agreed with changes made by the Senate that spared health care services but gutted just about everything else in state government.

Number of the Day

-1.9%  - The percent change in real personal income in Louisiana from 2015 to 2016. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis )

A landmark day for voting rights

Posted on May 17, 2018
The Senate advanced legislation on Wednesday that would restore voting rights to felons on parole who have been out of prison for five years. Under House Bill 265, by Rep. Patricia Smith of Baton Rouge, an additional 2,000 and 3,000 people would be added to the voter rolls, according to the Department of Corrections.

Number of the Day

83,700  - Number of Louisianans working in the service industry and receiving SNAP benefits. Punitive work requirements in the House Farm Bill would negatively impact service industry workers with irregular work schedules and fluctuating hours. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

The “pretend” budget marches on

Posted on May 16, 2018
The Louisiana Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve a 2018-19 budget blueprint that would eliminate state funding for food stamps, meat inspections and a host of other programs while also decimating local district attorneys and forcing the release of thousands of state inmates serving time in parish jails.

Number of the Day

110 - Number of opioid prescriptions written for every 100 Louisiana residents. Since Medicaid expansion, the total number of pills prescribed decreased by more than 10 million doses, a three percent reduction. (Source: Louisiana Department of Health)

Second special session takes shape

Posted on May 15, 2018
As expected, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that the Legislature will meet May 22-June 4 in a special session devoted to raising or renewing enough revenue to patch a $648 million budget shortfall.

Number of the Day

56 - Percentage of Louisiana children living in low-income households that spend more than 30 percent of household income on housing costs. (Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center)

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