Jim Mustain

August 27, 2018

Credit rating improves with budget deal

Borrowing money for things like road projects and other infrastructure needs got a little easier and less expensive for the state last week after the Standard & Poor ratings agency upgraded Louisiana’s credit outlook from “negative” to “stable.”

Number of the Day

41 - Additional days a person would have to work in 2018 at the federal $7.25 per hour minimum wage to have the same earning power as a minimum wage worker in 2009. (Source: Forbes)
August 8, 2017

SNAP: A rural lifeline

Families living in rural areas are more likely to rely on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, than those in urban areas, according to new research by the Food Research Action Center.

Number of the Day

83,700 -  Number of service industry workers in Louisiana who rely on SNAP (food stamps) to make ends meet.  (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)