Daily Dime

June 30, 2021

Paperwork hurdles threaten Medicaid coverage

In the early months of the Covid emergency, Congress passed legislation that bumped up Medicaid funding for states. In exchange for the extra funding, states had to promise to not cut people from the program while the public health emergency remained in effect.… Read more...

June 29, 2021

How they vote

Louisiana legislators make hundreds of votes on dozens of issues each spring when they come to Baton Rouge. Their votes affect the taxes we pay, the educational opportunities our children receive, the quality of the air we breathe and the fairness of our criminal legal system.… Read more...

June 28, 2021

2021 Louisiana legislative session: A return to (somewhat) normal

This year, federal pandemic relief dollars eased the pressure on the state budget, allowing the Legislature to make important new investments in education, including a much-needed boost to the Go Grants program and the creation of the M.J. Foster Promise Program to provide workforce training for Louisiana adults – two changes that will make college more affordable for low-income students.… Read more...

June 25, 2021

Cancer Alley is a scientific and political reality

When President Joe Biden referred to “Cancer Alley” in a speech earlier this year, some conservatives raised a small outcry, despite the long use of the phrase by residents and environmental justice advocates to describe a heavily industrialized corridor with cancer rates far exceeding those of surrounding areas.… Read more...