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August 14, 2017

The case for free community college

Louisiana has one of the most generous college scholarship programs in the country - TOPS - which covers in-state tuition for anyone who finishes high school with a 2.5 grade point average and a 20 or above on their ACT. But as The Advocate’s Mark Ballard reports, it’s a different story for students in the state’s community and technical colleges.

Number of the Day

$1.5 billion - State budget shortfall estimate for 2018-19 fiscal year (Source: Office of Planning and Budget via AP)
March 7, 2017

GOP joins health care fray

It took seven years, but House Republicans finally released their alternative to the landmark Affordable Care Act.
February 13, 2017

Economists dispute spending growth

As the Legislature convenes this evening for a 10-day special session to re-balance the state budget, a central point of debate will be over the size of state government - and whether its growth has outpaced the broader state economy.
February 8, 2017

Feb. 8: A battle over stop-gap funding

Gov. John Bel Edwards came to office promising to end the age-old practice of using one-time, stopgap funding to pay for recurring government expenses, which grew to epidemic proportions under his predecessor.