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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.

The budget debate begins

Posted on February 25, 2019

Despite an ongoing stalemate over the state revenue forecast, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration laid out its spending priorities for the 2019-20 state fiscal year on Friday. The budget proposal would protect health care and education programs while setting aside $101 million for an across-the-board teacher pay raise.Read more...

Revenue stalemate undermines reform

Posted on February 22, 2019

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ budget proposal for the 2019-2020 fiscal year is scheduled to be released Friday morning, but what he will actually present is still a mystery. The uncertainty centers around the refusal of House Speaker Taylor Barras to recognize updated revenue forecast by the Revenue Estimating Conference.Read more...

Louisiana’s expansion of Medicaid has been an important tool for significantly improving health and well-being among low- and moderate-income Louisianans, enabling more people in our state to live fuller lives. :

Number of the Day

$2,639,147 - Value of money and property seized by Louisiana law enforcement authorities through civil forfeiture in 2018. The Kenner Police Department took home the largest share of seized property, valued at $590,246. (Source: U.S. Department of Justice)

Public school teachers deserve more

Posted on February 20, 2019

Louisiana public school teachers are not paid enough—average teacher pay in the state is $1,711 below the Southern regional average. Now, with Gov. John Bel Edwards set to propose a $1,000 teacher pay raise in his executive budget, an “unusual alliance” of public education groups is coming together to discuss the issue in nearly a dozen town hall-style meetings across the state ahead of the legislative session opening in April.Read more...

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...

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