Daily Dime

June 18, 2019

Louisiana kids deserve better

Louisiana has 100,000 fewer children than it did in 1990. But one thing hasn’t changed: kids in the Pelican State still face some of the highest obstacles to opportunity in the nation. This is especially true in minority communities, where child poverty rates lead the nation.Read more...

June 17, 2019

Moving the poverty line is a bad idea

President Donald Trump’s administration is considering a plan that would gradually lower the official poverty line by applying a smaller cost-of-living adjustment each year. This, in turn, would mean fewer struggling families would qualify for public benefit programs that are tied to the poverty line.Read more...

June 14, 2019

2019 Legislative Wrap-up: A Return to Normalcy

After three years filled with special sessions and fiscal brinkmanship, the 2019 legislative session was a welcome break. Instead of debating which programs to cut, legislators made new investments in teachers, young children and infrastructure. But they failed, once again, to give ordinary workers a much-needed pay raise or pass the reforms needed to make Louisiana’s tax structure more robust and competitive.Read more...

June 13, 2019

Louisiana bucks national uninsured trend

Louisiana is the only state in the nation to see a drop in the percentage of residents without health coverage from 2016 to 2017 – a drop that’s almost entirely related to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to extend Medicaid coverage to low-income adults.Read more...