John Schroder

September 17, 2018

We’re measuring the wrong things

By most conventional measures, America’s economy is booming. But for millions of Americans, it doesn’t feel like a boom.

Number of the Day

10,551 - Total number of state contracts as of July - a 25 percent drop since July 2016. (Source: Division of Administration via The Advocate)
April 27, 2018

Health care budget is still far short

When the Revenue Estimating Conference revised the state’s revenue forecast earlier this month to realize $346 million in tax receipts, the House Appropriations Committee designated $60 million to Medicaid.

Number of the Day

$82 million - Amount of revenue Louisiana would receive under the newly expanded Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (Source: The Daily Advertiser)
August 7, 2017

A bipartisan health-care plan?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struck a conciliatory note as he returned home to Kentucky, fresh from his failed attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act with legislation that would have taken health-care coverage from millions of Americans.

Number of the Day

216 - Days since John N. Kennedy was sworn in as Louisiana’s junior U.S. Senator. He has yet to hold a public meeting with constituents. (Source: Nola.com)
April 6, 2017

A Medicaid marathon

Louisiana spends less than the national average, on a per-capita basis, to support its Medicaid program, and the growth of Medicaid spending in Louisiana is also slower than average.

Number of the Day

$43,032 -  The average Household Survival Budget for a Louisiana family of four — nearly double the federally recognized family poverty level of $23,550. (Source: The ALICE Report - 2016 Update)