Number of the Day: October

October 31, 2012
2 million
– The amount of money going into the state’s economy per each physician that completes their medical practice in Louisiana. (Source: Louisiana State Medical Society)

October 30, 2012
– The number of individuals who early voted in Louisiana as of Oct. 29. (Source: The Shreveport Times)

October 29, 2012
– The number of amendments to the Louisiana Constitution since it was rewritten in the 1970’s. (Source: NECN)

October 26, 2012
– Louisiana’s national ranking for average weekly wage in the first quarter of 2012 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

October 25, 2012
– The percent of low-income children in Louisiana (under 200 percent FPL) covered by Medicaid in 2011 (Source:

October 24, 2012
$50 million
– The estimated amount that will be diverted from public schools and sent to private schools under Louisiana’s voucher program (Source: The Associated Press)

October 23, 2012
84 – The percent of eligible Louisiana voters who are registered to vote.

October 22, 2012
31,785 – The four-week average of unemployment insurance claims as of October 19, 2010 (Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission)

October 19, 2012
– The percent of tax credits claimed by individuals with adjusted incomes above $1 million. (Source: Department of Revenue Annual Report)

October 18, 2012
– Louisiana’s average unemployment rate over the past three months (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

October 17, 2012
– The number of elderly Louisiana residents that would be in poverty without Social Security benefits. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

October 16, 2012
– The number of children in Louisiana who would be impacted if the federal government let improvements in the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit expire at the end of 2012. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

October 15, 2012
$182 million
– The amount of taxpayer dollars that go to for-profit prisons to feed, house, secure and provide medical care to the state’s 40,000 inmates. (Source: The Times-Picayune).

October 12, 2012
Louisiana children participate in the National School Lunch Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public schools, non-profit private schools and residential child-care institutions to provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. (Source: US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service)

October 11, 2012
2.92 million Louisiana residents will be eligible to vote Nov. 6 when the race for U.S. president tops the ballot, about 100,000 more eligible voters than on the rolls for last October’s governor’s race.

October 10, 2012
27.4 percent of Louisiana’s children live in poverty (Source: Louisiana Kid’s Dashboard)

October 9, 2012
18 percent of Louisiana residents who worked full-time in the past 12 months did not have health insurance. (Source: 2011 American Community Survey)

October 8, 2012
State Rep. Jerome Dee Richard’s proposed 15-day special legislative session would cost the state $80,000 per day for a total of $1.2 million.

October 5, 2012
The LSU hospital system expects to shed 1,497 jobs, starting in January, as part of the budget cuts approved on Thursday.  

October 4, 2012
93 percent of the 10-year cost of expanding Louisiana’s Medicaid program would come from the federal government.

October 3, 2012
-Percent of Louisianans who think people will lose access to health care because of cuts to the LSU hospital system.

October 2, 2012
Percent of Louisianans live below 200 percent of the federal poverty line, a threshold that many economists consider to be “low-income.”(source: U.S Census Bureau)

October 1, 2012
The Times-Picayune of New Orleans will publish a print edition 3 days a week, starting today, after 175 years of daily publication.

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