DCFS

May 7, 2019

House Budget Plan Shortchanges Services for Vulnerable Children

Updated, May 8, 3:20 p.m.: This post has been updated to reflect additional appropriations to DCFS proposed in House Bill 392.

The Louisiana House is scheduled to debate next year’s $30 billion state operating budget on Thursday, and the dispute that’s making headlines involves $40 million in public education funding.Read more...

October 17, 2018

Who pays taxes in Louisiana?

When it comes to paying for government services, Louisiana asks a lot more of those with the fewest resources than it does of its wealthiest citizens, according to new analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

Number of the Day

1.2% - Percentage of income from the wealthiest 1 percent of Louisiana households that goes to pay sales and excise taxes. In comparison, 9.2 percent of income from the poorest fifth of the state’s households, who earn $10,500 a year, on average, goes toward sales and excise taxes. (Source: ITEP)
August 29, 2018

House Farm Bill would hurt the disabled

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) provides crucial support to many Americans living with disabilities, who often face higher living expenses than the non-disabled population.

Number of the Day

13 - Years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane. The storm killed 1,577 Louisiana residents, displaced hundreds of thousands of people and damaged 70 percent of occupied housing in New Orleans (Source: CNN)
June 20, 2018

The case for preserving SNAP

Louisiana legislators each receive $164 for every day they are in session. The average recipient of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits gets $9 a day to put food on the table - benefits that will disappear in early 2019 if the Legislature refuses to raise the revenue needed to fund its budget priorities.

Number of the Day

$34.7 million -  The cut projected for the Department of Children and Family Services if the Legislature doesn’t renew any revenue in the third special session, about one-quarter of the department’s state funding. (Source: Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)