Advocate editorial board

August 20, 2018

The cost of college keeps rising

Today marks the first day of class for many Louisiana college students, and those who attend school in the LSU or Southern University system could be in for some sticker shock.

Number of the Day

65 percent - Increase in the cost of child care in the United States since the early 1980s (Source: The New York Times)
August 10, 2018

Who should pay for user fees?

Louisiana’s cash-strapped court system relies heavily on fines and fees imposed on defendants to make up for the lack of financial support from city and state government. These ‘user fees’ disproportionately affect low-income individuals, who too often end up in jail because of an inability to pay.

Number of the Day

$29,426 - Annual wage gap for a black woman employed full-time, year round in Louisiana compared to her white, male counterpart. (Source: National Partnership for Women & Families)
June 26, 2018

Reason to celebrate, but more work ahead

While the immediate threat of the fiscal cliff is finally gone, it’s important to remember that this week’s revenue deal failed to solve the long-term structural problems with Louisiana’s tax structure.

Number of the Day

-12,040 - Reduction in the number of white children under 10 in Louisiana between 2010 and 2017. (Source: U.S. Census via The Brookings Institution)
May 29, 2018

Revenue bills start moving

The legislative logjam over revenues began to break on Memorial Day, when the House of Representatives advanced a pair of tax bills that would renew about $400 million in expiring revenue to help offset cuts in next year’s budget.

Number of the Day

8.7 -  percentage of the 293,317 U.S. veterans in Louisiana that live below the poverty line.  Source: Housing Assistance Council Veterans Data Central