Daily Dime

May 18, 2020

Glimmers of hope on the budget

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ plan for rebalancing the state budget relies on $1.2 billion in federal relief funds and $90 million from Louisiana’s rainy day fund to make up for a major downturn in state tax revenues caused by the Covid-19 economic crisis.Read more...

May 15, 2020

Investing in the essential child care industry

Families rely on child care centers to ensure their youngest members receive quality early education and a healthy start in life while parents work. This vital industry has been devastated, though, by Covid-19. A a survey series by the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children found that two-thirds of centers are currently closed.Read more...

May 14, 2020

“Foolish decisions” and fiscal responsibility

Louisiana is facing a nearly $1 billion budget hole next year due to the economic fallout of Covid-19. The revenue shortfall could mean devastating cuts to public colleges and universities, hospitals and other vital services, right when we need them most.Read more...

May 13, 2020

Racism is the underlying condition

History tells us that low-income people and people of color, who were vulnerable before the COVID-19 crisis started, will experience the worst from the economic fallout to come. While black people are only 33% of Louisiana’s population, they make up 62% of all of the state’s COVID-19 deaths.Read more...