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Stigmatizing the poor through Medicaid

Posted on April 30, 2018
In a small surprise, the state Legislature has backed off its attempts to force Medicaid recipients to have jobs in exchange for receiving health coverage, and to pay co-pays anytime they see a doctor - both of which were major issues earlier this year in a special session. But that doesn’t mean lawmakers have given up on harassing low-income people who need health care.

Number of the Day

73 - Percentage of state prison guards who quit within their first year on the job. Gov. John Bel Edwards wants $7 million included in next year’s budget for a salary hike in an attempt to reduce the attrition (Source: The Associated Press)

Fiscal cliff fix cannot wait

Posted on January 18, 2018
Louisiana’s higher education officials have a clear message for lawmakers: a solution to the fiscal cliff is needed, and it’s critical that it happen in February rather than June.

Number of the Day

48,800- Number of Louisiana students who received a TOPS scholarship in the fall 2017 semester. (Source: Nola.com/The Times Picayune via the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance)

Edwards wants specifics on budget cuts

Posted on November 10, 2017
Conservative critics who want to address Louisiana’s $1.5 billion fiscal “cliff” with budget cuts instead of tax reform have an obligation to detail where those cuts should occur, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday to several hundred citizen activists convened by Together Louisiana.

Number of the Day

601,462 - Number of people who signed up for health insurance through the ACA’s individual marketplace during the first four days of enrollment, outpacing sign-ups from last year. (Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

40 years of SNAP

Posted on September 29, 2017
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food assistance to more than 410,000 Louisiana households, turns 40 years old today.

Number of the Day

70,000- Number of people convicted of a felony in Louisiana whose right to vote would be restored if a 1976 constitutional law is found unconstitutional. (Source: The Associated Press via NOLA.com)

Census data show poverty gap getting wider

Posted on September 15, 2017
The poverty rate declined and median incomes rose in the United States last year. Not so in Louisiana, according to U.S. Census data published Thursday.

Number of the Day

48.9 - Percent of African-American children in Louisiana who fell below the poverty line in 2016 compared to 14.9 percent of white children. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey)

Louisiana families continue to struggle

Posted on September 14, 2017
The poverty rate in Louisiana for adults and children remained unacceptably high in 2016 even as other states saw significant improvements. New U.S. Census data released Thursday also show that Louisiana continues to have one of the highest rates of income inequality in the United States.

The case for free community college

Posted on August 14, 2017
Louisiana has one of the most generous college scholarship programs in the country - TOPS - which covers in-state tuition for anyone who finishes high school with a 2.5 grade point average and a 20 or above on their ACT. But as The Advocate’s Mark Ballard reports, it’s a different story for students in the state’s community and technical colleges.

Number of the Day

$1.5 billion - State budget shortfall estimate for 2018-19 fiscal year (Source: Office of Planning and Budget via AP)

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)

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