Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

June 11, 2019

The people we tax into poverty

People across the political spectrum agree that our tax system shouldn’t push people into poverty. But while federal tax policy does a reasonably effective job at protecting low-income people who are elderly or have children, it fails to extend the same protections to childless, working-age adults.Read more...

March 8, 2019

The MFP could be an effective anti-poverty tool if funded properly

Louisiana is one of 23 other states where funding for K-12 public education remains below what it was before the Great Recession. Combined state-local funding for Louisiana schools was 3 percent below 2008 levels in 2016, after adjusting for inflation.That’s according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.Read more...

November 16, 2018

Connecting SNAP recipients with employment and training

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) helps more than 900,000 Louisianans keep food on the table and frees up resources for families to meet other basic needs, such as paying the rent and keeping the lights on. But that’s not all the program offers: SNAP Employment and Training funds support programs that help SNAP recipients connect with work.

Number of the Day

8,462 - Number of Arkansans who lost health coverage due to the state’s new work reporting requirements, as of October. While these requirements have kicked thousands off the healthcare rolls, they have connected fewer than 1 percent of those individuals with new work activities. (Source: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families)
September 13, 2018

New Orleans poverty rate top among U.S. metros

New Orleans had the nation’s highest official poverty rate among the 50 largest metro areas in 2017, according to Census data released Thursday.

Number of the Day

899,039 - Number of Louisiana residents living below the poverty line in 2017, nearly one in five people in the state (19.7%). (Source: American Community Survey)