October 14, 2020

Changing the Charter: A Guide to the 2020 Constitutional Amendments

Louisiana voters will decide on seven amendments to the state constitution in the November 2020 elections, along with an eighth ballot measure that deals with the legalization of sports gambling. While most of these measures will have little effect on the day-to-day lives of most citizens, two amendments have the potential to inflict long-term damage on the ability of state and local governments to provide basic services. … Read more...

October 12, 2020

Louisiana experiences historical increase in number of uninsured children

Reversing years of gains, the number of Louisiana children without health insurance spiked by 28% in 2019 to an estimated 50,000 kids – the largest single-year increase since the U.S. Census Bureau began keeping track in 2008. Louisiana’s uninsured rate for children was 4.4% last year – up from historic low of 3.1% in 2017. … Read more...

September 18, 2020

Census 2020: Poverty in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE – Despite a modest increase in median household income, more Louisiana adults and children were living in poverty in 2019 than the year before, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Louisiana’s median household income – or the level at which half of household incomes are higher and half lower – grew to $51,073 in 2019, while national median household income continued a decade of steady growth at $65,712 last year.… Read more...

September 15, 2020

Louisiana loses ground on uninsured rate along with the nation

The percentage of Louisianans without health insurance coverage increased by nearly a full percentage point in 2019 over the previous year, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Louisiana’s uninsured rate increased from 8% to 8.9%, while the national uninsured rate increased from 8.9% to 9.2%.… Read more...