Daily Dime

November 8, 2021

Infrastructure week! (for real)

The House on Friday sent a $1 trillion public works bill to President Joe Biden’s desk that includes billions of dollars to upgrade Louisiana’s roads, ports, water systems, high-speed broadband and a host of other projects. The new law will create thousands of jobs and affect every region of the Pelican State, providing funding for long-neglected needs.… Read more...

November 4, 2021

Build Back Better and insurance coverage

The Build Back Better legislation crafted by the U.S. House contains long-needed, albeit temporary, overhauls to the Affordable Care Act marketplace that would cover millions of uninsured people caught in the Medicaid coverage gap – most of whom live in one of the 12 states that never adopted Medicaid expansion.… Read more...

November 3, 2021

ARPA helps local governments thrive

The American Rescue Plan Act steered billions of dollars to states and local governments, which provided critical frontline services during the pandemic. Those federal dollars are a big reason why East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s 2022 budget proposal includes a $50 million increase in projected revenues over the previous year.… Read more...

November 2, 2021

Amendment 2 is a ‘bait and switch’

With early voting in full swing this week, The Advocate’s Mark Ballard provides a rundown of the four constitutional amendments. In many parishes, the amendments are the only thing voters will see on their Nov. 13 ballot, which suggests overall turnout will be low.… Read more...