Economic Policy Institute

December 18, 2018

Louisiana’s mental health crisis

Louisiana spends less on mental health care, per capita, than 43 other states. In the absence of state investment, police are often the first responders for people facing a mental health crisis.

Number of the Day

$6,800,000,000 - Funding lost to Louisiana public schools since the state’s suspended an annual 2.75% inflationary increase in per-student spending, in 2008. (Source: Louisiana Budget Project)
August 23, 2018

Louisiana teachers need a raise

A decade of stagnant pay has left teacher salaries in Louisiana below the Southern and national average, and could be one reason why it’s hard to find middle-school teachers who understand basic math

Number of the Day

$2.74: Amount Louisiana’s hourly minimum wage would need to rise to bring a family of three, headed by a single parent working full-time for minimum wage, up to the federal poverty line. (Source: Federal Poverty Guidelines)
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)
March 5, 2018

On the brink of collapse

The Legislature’s effort to partially replace nearly $1.4 billion in expiring tax revenue is on the verge of failure after the House, for the second time, failed to pass a key sales tax measure.

Number of the Day

$17,409 - Median wealth of a black family in 2016, which is 10.2 percent of the median wealth of a white family ($171,000). (Source: Economic Policy Institute)