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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.


Higher education is one of our country’s most reliable drivers of economic mobility, but for years Louisiana has been shifting the burden of paying for that education onto the shoulders of students and their families.

Number of the Day

105.4 - Percentage increase in the average tuition at a public four-year college in Louisiana between 2008 and 2018, the largest increase in the nation. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has joined a group 20 state attorneys general and governors in a reckless attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

Number of the Day

477,628 - Number of low-income Louisiana adults who have obtained health coverage through Medicaid expansion and could become uninsured if Attorney General Jeff landry is successful in his lawsuit against the federal government. (Source: Louisiana Department of Health)  

SNAP work requirements ignore reality

Posted on October 2, 2018
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, ensures that 1 in 4 Louisiana families have a basic human necessity: food. Louisiana congressman Ralph Abraham has been a vocal proponent of attaching onerous conditions to SNAP, conditions that could result in many more families and children going hungry in a state that already struggles with alarming rates of food insecurity. Writing in The Advocate, LBP’s Danny Mintz responds to a recent op-ed by Abraham in the same newspaper.

Number of the Day

-35 - Percentage change in inflation-adjusted wealth for middle-income households between 2007 and 2016, compared to a 11 percent increase for households in the top 10 percent. (Source: The Federal Reserve via The Washington Post)

Louisiana by the numbers

Posted on October 1, 2018
The past month has seen a wealth of new data chronicling how Louisiana compares to other states on a range of economic indicators. Most of the news is bad.

Number of the Day

58 - Women murdered by men in Louisiana in 2016. The state is among the top 10 for violence against women for the eighth year in a row (Source: Violence Policy Center via Associated Press)

Louisiana ranks last in black student equity

Posted on September 28, 2018
Black citizens are underrepresented as undergraduates and on the faculties of America’s four-year public universities, according to a new report card by University of Southern California that was financed by the Ford Foundation. Nowhere is the problem worse than in Louisiana.

Number of the Day

121:1  - The ratio of black students to black faculty members at Nicholls State University - the highest among four-year public colleges in Louisiana. The state received the lowest score in the nation on a new scorecard for race equity in higher education  (Source: USC Race and Equity Center)

Louisiana must support young parents

Posted on September 27, 2018
Three out of every 4 children with parents ages 18 to 24 live in poverty in Louisiana. Younger parents typically have fewer savings and lower levels of education, which creates barriers to success and opportunity for their families.

Number of the Day

$23,000 - Median household income for families with young parents, ages 18 to 24, in the U.S. (Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation)

Food insecurity on the rise in Louisiana

Posted on September 26, 2018
Louisiana has seen the largest increase in food insecurity in the last decade, with 1 in 6 households struggling each year to afford a consistent, healthy diet, according to a new report from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Number of the Day

23,400 - Number of jobs Louisiana is predicted to add in 2019, a 1.2 percent increase. (Source: Baton Rouge Advocate)

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