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October 18, 2018

Haggling over teacher pay

Gov. John Bel Edwards and several legislators have said that pay raises for public school teachers and support workers is a top priority in 2019. But the exact size of that raise is likely to be the subject of heated debate in the coming months - a skirmish that started Wednesday when a state task force began reviewing the annual state funding formula for public schools.  

Number of the Day

$12.2 million - Savings this fiscal year as a result of 2017 criminal justice reforms that have reduced Louisiana’s prison population. (Source: AP)
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)
September 26, 2017

Cassidy bill would kill jobs

Sen. Bill Cassidy’s dangerous health care bill is on life support after a third GOP senator - Susan Collins of Maine - announced her opposition to the legislation late Monday.

Number of the Day

0.8 - Percentage growth in personal income in Louisiana in the second quarter of 2017, compared to an average of 0.7 percent growth nationwide. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis)
March 29, 2017

What happened to tax reform?

Gov. John Bel Edwards is scheduled to reveal his tax reform recommendations this afternoon at the Capitol (LBP will be writing separately about this).

Number of the Day

500+ - Number of Louisiana public school students with disabilities who received some form of corporal punishment in 2015-16 school year. Legislation backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards for the spring legislative session aims to outlaw the practice (Source: Louisiana Department of Education )