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Louisiana is one of 23 other states where funding for K-12 public education remains below what it was before the Great Recession. Combined state-local funding for Louisiana schools was 3 percent below 2008 levels in 2016, after adjusting for inflation.That’s according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.Read more...

The $31.8 billion proposed budget Gov. John Bel Edwards released Feb. 22 comes amid a period of financial stability in state government after a decade marked by fiscal turmoil. Steady economic growth, combined with the Legislature’s decision to partially renew a sales tax that was due to expire last year, means the state can expect enough revenue in 2019-20 to fund key health care and education programs without any damaging cuts to services.Read more...

LBP statement on proposed state budget

Posted on February 22, 2019

The Louisiana Budget Project released the following statement on the proposed 2019-20 state budget:

“The governor’s proposed budget is a responsible starting point that makes long-overdue new investments in K-12 education, while maintaining the historic gains Louisiana has made in health insurance coverage.Read more...

Revenue stalemate undermines reform

Posted on February 22, 2019

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration is scheduled to present its 2019-20 executive budget to the Legislature on Friday. It should be a triumphant moment for state policymakers. After a decade of chronic financial instability in state government, Louisiana’s budget is now stable and revenues are growing at a slow, if steady pace.Read more...

Quality education means quality teacher pay

Posted on February 13, 2019

BATON ROUGE – Public school teachers and support workers in Louisiana are long overdue for a pay raise. A decade of financial stagnation means the average teacher would need to earn an extra $4,004 to have the same buying power as their salary did in 2008.Read more...


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Regardless of where they live or what they look like, Louisianans work hard to take care of their families. But due to historic and continuing discrimination, people of color in Louisiana face greater barriers to economic opportunity than their White neighbors.Read more...

BATON ROUGE – The public safety net affects Louisiana residents in every city, town and legislative district. It helps families put food on the table in hard times, access medical care when they need it and provides tuition assistance that makes college more affordable.Read more...

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