November 17, 2021

Making SNAP work better for working people

Louisiana should help working families with high expenses make ends meet by increasing the gross income threshold for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly, Food Stamps), according to a new policy brief from the Louisiana Budget Project

This policy option, which has been adopted by a majority of U.S.… Read more...

November 5, 2021

Medicaid after Covid-19: How Louisiana can keep eligible people enrolled in Medicaid as pandemic flexibilities end

During the pandemic, changes to Medicaid rules protected people enrolled in Medicaid from losing their coverage, ensuring stable access to health care for people with low incomes. When the federal Public Health Emergency ends, there are several steps that Louisiana can take to keep eligible people enrolled in Medicaid, and to avoid the unnecessary coverage losses that can come from cumbersome paperwork processes, according to a new brief from the Louisiana Budget Project.… Read more...

September 17, 2021

Tax swap is not reform

Louisiana’s tax structure fails its citizens in two fundamental ways: First, it does not raise enough revenue to support people and communities by adequately funding good schools, reliable infrastructure and a strong safety net. Second, it is regressive – meaning low-income households pay taxes at higher rates than those at the very top.… Read more...

September 15, 2021

Pandemic Relief Helped Reduce Poverty

Federal pandemic aid lifted millions of Americans out of poverty last year, despite dire economic conditions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the official federal poverty rate increased slightly in 2020 from the previous year.… Read more...