Heather Long

September 10, 2018

A long-overdue pay raise?

It’s been rumored for months, but late last week it became official: Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to seek a $1,000 per year salary increase for public school teachers next year, with lower raises for school support workers.

Number of the Day

$170 million - Projected annual cost of giving Louisiana’s public school employees - including teachers, supervisors and support workers - a 3.65 percent pay raise needed to reach the Southern regional average. (Source: The Advocate)
January 9, 2018

No deal, no special session

Gov. John Bel Edwards met privately with House leaders on Monday in an effort to find agreement on a package of revenue measures that would replace the temporary sales tax that expires on July 1.

Number of the Day

6.8 percent- The national unemployment rate for African-Americans, the lowest on record. The white unemployment rate is 3.7 percent. (Source: The Washington Post)
December 1, 2017

Harvard on the Bayou

The cost of higher education has shifted dramatically in the last decade from state taxpayers to students.

Number of the Day

$1 trillion - The net cost of the Senate tax plan, according to analysis by the Joint Committee on Taxation after factoring in an estimated $458 billion in revenue from economic growth and $51 billion over a decade in interest payments. (Source: Joint Committee on Taxation via The Washington Post)
October 13, 2017

Sabotaging the ACA

Having failed to push a health care repeal bill through Congress, President Donald Trump used his executive authority Thursday to destabilizing health insurance markets in two significant ways.

Number of the Day

33 - Percentage of transgender Louisianans who reported living in poverty in 2015. (National Center for Transgender Equality)