Number of the Day: May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013
49 – Louisiana’s national ranking for equal pay for women. (Source: Sen. Edwin Murray in The Advocate)

Thursday, May 30, 2013
$350 million – The amount of money added by the Senate Finance Committee to the state budget, which will be debated on the Senate floor this Saturday (Source: The Advocate)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
$1,000,000 – The amount of revenue restored to the Telecommunications for the Deaf Fund by reducing a 5-cents-per-month tax on land lines to 2 cents and expanding it to cover wireless lines, which Jindal opposes as a tax increase (Source:

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
$5,000 – The average per person value of a federal tax credit to help individuals and families above the poverty line purchase federal health insurance. (Source: The New York Times)

Friday, May 24, 2013
$375 million – The difference between what is currently budgeted and what is needed to run the LSU hospital system under a privatized model (Source: The Advocate)

Thursday, May 23, 2013
$10,867 – The amount of funding for four-year academic institutions in Louisiana per full time student, compared to the Southern average of $14,189 (Source: BRAC)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
$323,000,000  – Four-year savings to the state budget from using federal Medicaid dollars to buy private coverage for low-income Louisianans. (Source: Louisiana Legislature)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
$16 billion – the amount in federal financing Medicaid expansion would bring into Louisiana (Source:  The Times-Picayune)

Monday, May 20, 2013
$1.7 billion – the amount estimated for repair projects that Louisiana public colleges have put off due to budget cuts. (Source: The Advocate)

Friday, May 17, 2013
$42 million – The fiscal year 2014 budget deficit faced by the Shreveport medical school (Source: John Maginnis)

Thursday, May 16, 2013
$30 million – The amount Louisiana owes to local school districts after unconstitutionally reducing public school funding to pay for the state’s school voucher program (Source:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
$155.2 million – Growth in FY14 revenue collections, above the December forecast. (Source: Revenue Estimating Conference)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
21 percent – The percent of Louisiana’s population receiving food stamps (Source: Wall Street Journal)

Monday, May 13, 2013
$42 million – The amount LSU would have to compensate laid off employees as the public hospital system moves into private care (Source: Legislative Auditor)

Friday, May 10, 2013
480,000 – The number of flood insurance recipients in Louisiana (Source:

Thursday, May 9, 2013
$1.758 billion – Backlog of construction and repair needs at Louisiana’s public colleges and universities (Source: Board of Regents)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
$92 million – The amount of revenue the House budget proposal would raise from businesses, compared to $500 million in Jindal’s tax shift plan (Source: Robert Mann, Director of LSU’s Director of LSU’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
$808 million – The amount of revenue Louisiana could receive if Congress passes a bill requiring Internet retailers with at least $1 million annual profits to collect sales taxes (Source:

Monday, May 6, 2013
$490 million – The amount of one-time money lawmakers in the House seek to replace through a mix of tax cuts and tax increases (Source:

Friday, May 3, 2013
36 – The vote margin in the original Crescent City Connection toll renewal election, which was suspended after the discovery of voting irregularities. (Source: WWLTV).

Thursday, May 2, 2013
8,000 – The number of students currently matched to receive state vouchers, despite uncertainty about the program’s funding. (Source:

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
60 percent – the portion of public university budgets that came from state funding in 2008, but now comes from tuition paid by students (Source: The Advocate)

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