March 13, 2020

Louisiana’s food assistance programs are a key part of the state’s coronavirus response

During economic downturns, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly, Food Stamps) provides an important boost to the economy as well as to those who are hungry. SNAP benefits allow people who become unemployed and underemployed to keep food on the table, and the money that SNAP recipients spend at grocery stores allows those stores to keep more of their employees on the payroll for more hours.Read more...

February 20, 2020

Public defenders should not be forced to rely on fines and fees

Public defenders’ offices in Louisiana get much – an in some cases, all – of their funding from fines and fees. For the low-income people that rely on public defenders because they can’t afford private attorneys, these same fines and fees can be the source of crushing debt. Read more...

January 29, 2020

REPORT: Louisiana can lower health insurance costs for those who need it most

October 29, 2019

Questions for the candidates

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Gov. John Bel Edwards and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone will meet for their first – and likely only – head-to-head debate on Oct. 30 (Louisiana Public Broadcasting from 7-8 p.m.).Read more...