Daily Dime

February 8, 2023

Temporary pandemic SNAP benefits ending

Louisiana families who rely on federal food assistance will receive an average of $164 less per month beginning in March. That’s because emergency allotments under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will return to pre-Covid amounts. A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has important information for beneficiaries on how prepare for the end of emergency allotments: 

The timeframe for preparing for the end of EAs is short.

February 7, 2023

Expand Louisiana’s Earned Income Tax Credit

Tax credits for working people and families have a proven track record of lifting people out of poverty and putting children on the path to a brighter future. These credits, like the Earned Income Tax Credit, are especially crucial now as inflation continues to outpace paycheck earnings and federal pandemic-era protections wane.… Read more...

February 6, 2023

Invest in early childhood education fund

Louisiana’s early care and education system is being supported by $200 million in temporary federal funding that needs to be replaced next year with state funding. While Louisiana’s short-term financial projections are bright – with an extra $1.5 billion on hand over the next 18 months –  this money is not guaranteed to be available to lawmakers in the years ahead.… Read more...

February 3, 2023

What does the GOP want to cut?

Republicans in the U.S. House are insisting on cuts to the federal budget as a condition of agreeing to lifting the debt ceiling so America can pay back its creditors. But they’ve stubbornly refused to detail which programs and services they want to cut.… Read more...