Daily Dime

November 18, 2021

The EPA comes to Cancer Alley

This week, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan is visiting the largely Black communities across Louisiana that have endured decades of industrial pollution and high rates of illness, particularly cancers. The visit, a part of a “journey to justice” tour of communities around the South, is the first by an EPA administrator to towns such as Reserve and Mossville.… Read more...

November 17, 2021

Making SNAP work better for working people

For many Louisiana workers, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly, Food Stamps) is an important part of the household budget, helping to put good food on the table and freeing up family resources for other needs, such as rent and utility bills.… Read more...

November 16, 2021

Charter schools skimp on retirement

Nearly 25% of state aid to public schools goes to provide retirement security for current and former teachers – largely due to debts that were incurred by the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana in previous decades that is now being paid back.… Read more...

November 15, 2021

The voters have their say

Fewer than 14% of Louisiana voters turned out for Saturday’s statewide elections. The ones who did were not in the mood for amending the state’s constitution, rejecting three of the four propositions on the ballot. The lone exception was Amendment 2, a complicated tax-swap package that was described to voters in misleading language.… Read more...