Blade Morrish

March 20, 2018

Policy Brief: Ending school lunch shaming

Nearly 1 in 4 Louisiana children live in a household that doesn’t have enough food to eat throughout the month.

Number of the Day

261,000  - Number of children in Louisiana whose parents are, at times, struggling to figure out how to pay for their families’ next meal. (Source: Feeding America)
March 19, 2018

Policy brief: HB 284 and SB 245 would ensure students receive proper nutrition and prohibit “lunch shaming”

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Louisiana has one of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the nation, with nearly 1 in 4 Louisiana children living in a household that doesn’t have enough food to eat throughout the month.Read more...

March 15, 2018

The midyear deficit that wasn’t

Cowed by years of lower-than-expected tax collections for state government, Gov. John Bel Edwards asked state agencies to set aside $60 million last year in case another mid-year shortfall materialized. But this year’s budget is actually running a surplus, so Edwards is allowing agencies to spend the money.

Number of the Day

$4.3 billion - Amount of money in state general fund dollars for the coming year that are dictated by the state Constitution and other laws. (Source: The Advocate)
February 8, 2018

Medicaid spending lower than expected

Louisiana’s Medicaid program has become a scapegoat for fiscal conservatives, who falsely blame the federal-state health care program for the state’s structural budget shortfall. In reality, state spending per enrollee is relatively low compared to other states and the Medicaid expansion is saving state general fund dollars.

Number of the Day

23.49- Percentage drop in Louisiana’s total enrollment in individual marketplace plans between 2017 to 2018, the largest drop of any state. (Source: National Academy for State Health Policy)