Jeff Stein

May 1, 2018

Hospital layoffs in Lafayette?

The state’s financial uncertainty has prompted Lafayette General Health to issue ‘warn’ letters of termination to nearly 800 University Hospital and Clinics employees.

Number of the Day

15.5 percent - Percentage of of adults in the United States without health insurance. This is nearly three percentage points higher than the adult uninsured rate at the same time in 2016 - an increase of about 4 million people. (Source: Axios)
April 12, 2018

House Farm Bill proposal could threaten SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the most effective anti-hunger program in the United States, and serves more than 400,000 households in Louisiana.

Number of the Day

$346 million - Amount of money added to the state general fund forecast for Fiscal Year 2019 by the Revenue Estimating Conference (Source: REC)
April 6, 2018

Grudging support for TOPS changes

Three bills that would make it harder for students to earn and keep TOPS scholarships advanced from the House Education Committee Thursday. Supporters stressed the need to reform the program in order to reduce costs and avoid cuts in the upcoming fiscal year.

Number of the Day

$25,000 - The annual household income cap for students applying for the original need-based TOPS scholarships, as the program was designed by Patrick Taylor. Today, fewer than 15 percent of students come from the low-income families who earn below $25,000.  (Source: The Advocate)