The Daily Dime

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.

The rising cost of community college

Posted on February 19, 2019

Louisiana has nearly 1.5 million working-age adults who have only a high school diploma or less. There is a significant need to get more people with a postsecondary degree or credential. Community colleges offer a cheaper, more flexible path to a degree, along with support and resources for students who are older, working full time and have family obligations.Read more...

LA-4 is great, but earlier start is needed

Posted on February 18, 2019

It wasn’t all that long ago in Louisiana when the vast majority of children lacked access to affordable, high-quality pre-kindergarten education. But since the late 1990s, the LA-4 program has changed that, and today 90 percent of economically disadvantaged 4-year-olds have access to a pre-K program.Read more...

Race neutral tax policy is an illusion

Posted on February 15, 2019

Tax policies play a vital role in affecting government’s ability to fund services and raise the necessary revenue to provide goods to its citizens. The gap between the wealthy and those in middle class and working poor continues to grow. But solely focusing on class inequality misses a bigger picture on how tax policies have created and preserved injustices to communities of color.Read more...

Teaming up on paid family leave

Posted on February 14, 2019

The United States is the world’s only major industrialized country without a national policy for paid family leave. Without this benefit, workers often face impossible choices between caring for family members and keeping the lights on at home. This Wednesday, Ivanka Trump met with lawmakers on Capitol HIll, including Louisiana Sen.Read more...

Louisiana teachers need a raise

Posted on February 13, 2019

Public school teachers and support workers in Louisiana are long overdue for a pay raise. A decade of stagnation in state support for teacher pay means the average teacher would need to earn an extra $4,004 for their salary to have the same buying power as it did in 2008.Read more...

Low-income adults continue to enroll in Louisiana’s expanded Medicaid program, with more than 500,000 participating in the state-federal health insurance program as of January. That’s more than Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration was expecting, as the AP’s Melinda Deslatte reports. But higher enrollment doesn’t necessarily mean higher costs to the state.Read more...

SNAP changes would hurt the most vulnerable

Posted on February 11, 2019

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income people and families put food on the table during hard times, when work is hard to find or family circumstances prevent someone from finding or holding a job. A change to the program’s rules proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration would make it harder for states to get waivers that allow people in hard-hit areas to avoid a harsh three-month time limit on receiving benefits.Read more...

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