For a state to truly thrive, every person needs to have the tools to reach their highest potential – and an adequate safety net to help lift them up during difficult times.
In Louisiana, the safety net includes programs like Medicaid, which ensure access to medical care, food assistance that helps families put meals on the table, tax credits that help low-income workers stretch their budgets a little farther and educational scholarships that make college or technical training more affordable.
To promote a better understanding of these policies, and its impact on families across the state, the Louisiana Budget Project has developed new fact sheets with detailed data for every state House and Senate district.
The fact sheets include information about income, education levels and racial breakdown of each district, and the use of various federal and state programs such as TOPS, GO Grants and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The fact sheets are intended for use by state policymakers, the news media, advocates and ordinary citizens.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has shown everyone the value of a strong safety net that helps people pay their bills and put food on the table,” said Jan Moller, executive director of the Louisiana Budget Project. “These programs affect every corner of the state, and pump money into local economies.”
The fact sheets are drawn from state and national data sources, with the intention of creating easy access to district-level information during legislative and administrative decision-making processes.
Click here to view pdfs of the district level fact sheets.