Daily Dime

September 10, 2019

Louisiana’s uninsured rate remains low as U.S. rate climbs

The number of Americans without health insurance increased in 2018 from the previous year, despite a strong national economy. But it’s a different – and better –  story in Louisiana. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey shows the uninsured rate in the Pelican State decreased from 8.4% to 8% – even as the national uninsured rate climbed from 8.7% to 8.9%.* The New York Times offers perspective on the national numbers: 

“In a period of continued economic growth, continued job growth, you would certainly hope that you wouldn’t be going backwards when it comes to insurance coverage,” said Sharon Parrott, senior vice president at the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

September 9, 2019

A campaign about nothing?

The gubernatorial primary is 33 days away, and so far the three leading candidates for governor have said little about what they plan to do if elected. As the AP’s Melinda Deslatte reports, Gov. John Bel Edwards is offering a ‘stay-the-course pitch’ for a second term, while his challengers are being notably vague about their plans for the state.Read more...

September 6, 2019

Flagship universities aren’t affordable to low-income students

State flagship universities are typically prestigious, well funded and academically rigorous. Although they are positioned to promote economic and social mobility, a combination of rising tuition, lack of state investment and poor financial aid programs keep many low income students from attending.Read more...

September 5, 2019

What workers need most

The U.S. economy is changing rapidly, and in ways that have tended to erode worker protections and labor’s ability to secure better wages and benefits. The city of Seattle is responding. Seattle raised its minimum wage to $15 per hour, plowed new resources into affordable housing and free community college and worked to provide more financial fairness for workers in the “gig” economy.Read more...