Education

July 29, 2016

New Occupational Data Show Need for Work Supports, Education Investments

An important goal of state policy should be to ensure that hard work pays off. New data from the Louisiana Workforce Commission show that many occupations adding jobs provide relatively low incomes to workers. Louisiana leaders should enact policies to support workers who will fill these jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. Doubling the state’s Earned income tax credit (EITC) and increasing the state’s minimum wage would be a good down payment for building an inclusive economy that supports these emerging jobs in Louisiana.
April 8, 2015

The importance of early care and education

The United Way of Southeast Louisiana has produced a video about the importance of state investments in early care and education. It’s particularly timely, as the House Appropriations Committee is reviewing the governor’s budget recommendations. Click below to see for yourself why Louisiana needs greater investments in its most precious resource.… Read more...

August 18, 2014

Nearly 368,000 Louisiana students could eat free at school

By David Gray

Nearly 368,000 Louisiana students could eat two meals each day at no charge if school districts participate in a new universal meals program. The Community Eligibility Provision is designed to remove cumbersome qualification barriers in the school breakfast and lunch programs.… Read more...

June 4, 2014

LBP reviews the 2014 Legislature

The Louisiana Legislature wrapped up its 2014 regular session without tackling many of the state’s critical challenges, according to a new report by the Louisiana Budget Project. While legislators largely avoided the destructive cuts that have become the norm in recent years, they failed to address the state’s structural budget problems or take advantage of opportunities to help low-income families.