Daily Dime

September 28, 2020

A Capitol power struggle

The state Legislature will gavel in to a month-long special session Monday evening with a sprawling 70-item agenda that includes hurricane relief, the fate of the state unemployment trust fund and dozens of topics that are seemingly unrelated to the public health and economic emergencies Louisiana is facing.Read more...

September 25, 2020

Congress must act to end food hardship

Food insecurity has been rising during the Covid-19 pandemic, as nearly 30 million Americans remain unemployed and most of the federal aid approved last spring has dried up. Congress is likely to approve a government funding bill that extends some emergency food assistance and provides states with flexibility in administering other food programs.Read more...

September 24, 2020

Raise revenue to solve fiscal crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on state government finances, with the slowdown in economic activity eroding tax collections and creating massive budget gaps. In Louisiana alone, revenue projections fell by $1 billion between January and May, forcing the Legislature to patch together this year’s budget with temporary federal grants.Read more...

September 23, 2020

Health coverage in peril for millions

The fight to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to dominate the political debate in Washington in the coming weeks, even as millions of Americans struggle to meet their basic needs without additional federal relief.Read more...