Daily Dime

June 28, 2019

A win and a loss for representative democracy

Publisher’s Note: The Daily Dime is going on its annual hiatus for the month of July. We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Summer!

The U.S. Supreme Court issued two contentious rulings Thursday that will affect institutions at the foundation of American democracy for years to come: the rules for drawing political districts and the process for counting who lives in America through the U.S.Read more...

June 27, 2019

Affordable child care helps economic growth

The cost of high-quality child care can exceed food or housing in the budgets of some working families, which can be a major factor in a parent’s decision- usually the mother – to stay home. While these decisions are personal for each family, they also affect the larger economy, as labor force participation is 19% lower for women with children.Read more...

June 26, 2019

Louisiana’s personal income is growing

Personal income in Louisiana grew 4% in the first quarter, outpacing the national growth rate of 3.4% and all of our neighboring states. But not all of Louisiana’s industries saw a growth rate this quarter. President Donald Trump’s tariffs and trade wars are hurting Louisiana’s farmers and the transportation industry, which suffered a decline in earnings.Read more...

June 25, 2019

Small towns, big problems

Small and mid-sized municipalities across Louisiana are struggling to pay their bills and provide basic services for citizens as people and jobs move away to larger cities. When financial problems hit a crisis point, the state has stepped in to appoint administrators to make the tough, unpopular decisions that have eluded local elected officials.Read more...