Daily Dime

September 20, 2019

Gubernatorial candidates take the stage

The three top candidates for Louisiana governor offered their thoughts on health care, taxes, higher education and other issues on Thursday in the first of three televised debates in advance of the Oct. 12 primary.  Sam Karlin and Tyler Bridges of The Advocate were there: 

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September 19, 2019

Medicaid expansion here to stay

The expansion of Medicaid coverage to low-income adults – nearly 460,000 of whom have gained coverage since 2016 – is popular in Louisiana. That may explain why Gov. John Bel Edwards’ two main challengers in the Oct. 12 primary are walking a careful line when they try to criticize the governor’s signature accomplishment.Read more...

September 18, 2019

School funding and inflation

The 2019 legislative session brought just the second increase to K-12 per-pupil spending in more than a decade, raising the minimum amount Louisiana spends per child from $3,961 to $4,015. This increase provided much needed relief for schools and districts, who have been expected to raise test scores, graduation rates and other outcomes, despite stagnant funding.Read more...

September 17, 2019

Make children a priority

Poverty rates for young children are at a crisis-level in Louisiana – nearly 1 in 3 children under 6 in the state lives below the poverty line. And for these kids’ parents, low-wage jobs can’t cover the costs of quality childcare while they’re at work.Read more...