June 11, 2019

The people we tax into poverty

People across the political spectrum agree that our tax system shouldn’t push people into poverty. But while federal tax policy does a reasonably effective job at protecting low-income people who are elderly or have children, it fails to extend the same protections to childless, working-age adults.Read more...

November 18, 2016

Nov. 18: The midyear cuts

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ plan for plugging a mid-year budget shortfall is centered on delaying a monthly payment to Medicaid providers
September 28, 2016

Sept. 28: Private prisons dealt budget cut

Louisiana’s perilous fiscal situation may result in less medical care and educational opportunities for state inmates. Two private prisons will be converted into jails, still operated privately but with fewer services. The funding drawdown comes on the heels of the U.S.… Read more...

September 16, 2015

New Census data shows big insurance gains

By Steve Spires

There is encouraging news this morning from the U.S. Census Bureau:  Almost 9 million Americans gained health coverage in 2014 due to the Affordable Care Act. The national uninsured rate dropped from 13.3 percent to 10.4 percent — even though the poverty rate and median household income were unchanged from the previous year.Read more...