Doris Voitier

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)
October 31, 2017

Sabotage vs. sign-ups

Open enrollment for the federal health insurance marketplaces begins tomorrow. Analysts predict that President Donald Trump’s cuts to enrollment outreach, along with the confusion sown by repeated health care repeal bills, will lead to fewer people with health insurance.

Number of the Day

$98,400 - Maximum income for a family of four to be eligible for a subsidy in the federal health insurance marketplace. (Source: LBP analysis)