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The Daily Dime is a summary of the day's news stories related to the state budget and issues that affect low- and middle-income individuals and families, compiled every business day by Louisiana Budget Project staff. Click here to have the Daily Dime delivered to your inbox.

A small boost for higher education?

Posted on March 21, 2019

Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking for an additional $19 million for higher education in the current-year state budget. The money would help alleviate accreditation problems that institutions are facing due to financial instability and fill a shortfall in TOPS scholarship program due to higher-than-expected enrollment.Read more...

Improving Medicaid

Posted on March 20, 2019

A recent audit of Louisiana’s old Medicaid eligibility system has drawn attention from the Trump administration. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma found it “deeply troubling” to learn that some people who enrolled in Medicaid coverage earned too much money to qualify for the program.Read more...

Most states are investing less money in public infrastructure projects today than they were in 2002, even as the economy has rebounded after the recession. That’s according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Elizabeth McNichol, released Tuesday (CBPP).Read more...

In a few months the federal government will begin the once-a-decade process of trying to count every person in America. The Census count is critical for Louisiana, as it helps determine how much money the state will receive for programs such as housing assistance and transportation.Read more...

The value of education and work

Posted on March 15, 2019
It wasn’t terribly long ago — barely two generations — that it was possible for an enterprising person to work their way through college with part-time and summer jobs and emerge without debt.

Number of the Day

7 million - National shortage of affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income renters (those below the federal poverty level or living at or below 30 percent of an area’s median income). (Source: National Low-Income Housing Coalition via Route Fifty.)

Time to invest in Infrastructure

Posted on March 14, 2019
The conventional wisdom in Baton Rouge is that tax increases are off the table during the upcoming legislative session. But conventional wisdom won’t repair Louisiana’s ailing roads and bridges, or unclog the highways that make commuting in South Louisiana such a chore for thousands.

Number of the Day

47th: Louisiana’s ranking in maternal mortality, out of 48 reporting states. (Source: The Advocate)

A tale of two economies

Posted on March 13, 2019
Next month the venerable Public Affairs Research Council, along with the Council for a Better Louisiana and the Committee of 100 for Economic Development will release a four-part agenda aimed at moving Louisiana off the bottom of the “good” lists where it has languished for decades

Number of the Day

$777 billion - Cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget to Medicaid and to marketplace subsidies that help people afford insurance. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

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