The states with the best-educated workers also tend to have the highest median wages.

That simply put powerful bottom-line conclusion comes from a new paper by the Economic Policy Institute, released today, which shows the best way for Louisiana to grow its economy and create the kind of high-paying jobs that can support a family is by investing more in education.… Read more...

The 2013 state Legislative session is likely to be remembered more for what didn’t happen than for what did. Tax reform died in the first week of session, Legislators denied health coverage to 400,000 low-income Louisianans and a hard-fought budget compromise failed to address the state’s structural deficit.… Read more...

Higher Education Commissioner Jim Purcell testified in the Senate Finance Committee this morning, and the news was bleak. We knew that state support for higher education had been cut severely in recent years – at least $625 million since 2008 – but we weren’t aware that it was at its lowest level since the 1950s.… Read more...

By Steve Spires

With Louisiana facing a $1.3 billion shortfall heading into the next fiscal year, Gov. Bobby Jindal released a budget blueprint Friday that contains painful cuts to education, health-care and other critical services. It is the fifth straight year of deep cuts, providing fresh evidence that Louisiana has a revenue problem, not a spending problem.… Read more...

With poverty on the rise in Louisiana, a new Louisiana Budget Project report urges policymakers to consider doubling the value of the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)—one of the most effective anti-poverty policies.

Nearly 30 percent of Louisiana households receive the EITC, which rewards and encourages work by increasing income.… Read more...

Special Interest Tax Breaks Deserve Scrutiny

Posted on September 6, 2012

Racehorses, aircraft assembled in Louisiana (with seating capacity of 50 or more) and coin bullion—but only with a value of at least $1,000. What do these three things have in common?

All are exempt from Louisiana’s 4 percent state sales tax.… Read more...

The 2012 legislative session ended on June 4, with lawmakers making more cuts in public education and health care while siphoning millions of dollars to private schools and special-interest tax breaks. In a new report, the Louisiana Budget Project summarizes the good, the bad and the ugly in Louisiana’s new budget.… Read more...

The Case for Need-based College Aid

Posted on May 9, 2012

By: Tim Mathis

A new fact-sheet on state financial aid programs released this week by the Brookings Institution paints a sobering picture for low-income Louisiana college students by confirming what we already knew: Louisiana does not provide nearly enough support for low-income college students.… Read more...

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