John White

August 23, 2018

Louisiana teachers need a raise

A decade of stagnant pay has left teacher salaries in Louisiana below the Southern and national average, and could be one reason why it’s hard to find middle-school teachers who understand basic math

Number of the Day

$2.74: Amount Louisiana’s hourly minimum wage would need to rise to bring a family of three, headed by a single parent working full-time for minimum wage, up to the federal poverty line. (Source: Federal Poverty Guidelines)
October 10, 2017

Hospitality workers unite

New Orleans’s hospitality workers are the engine of the city’s tourism-based economy. Unfortunately, many of those workers don’t earn enough to maintain a decent standard of living, and 500 employees of the Hilton Riverside recently decided to do something about it.

Number of the Day

197 - Number of community health centers in Louisiana whose federal funding expired on Sept. 30 and has yet to be authorized by Congress. (Source: National Association of Community Health Centers)
March 29, 2017

What happened to tax reform?

Gov. John Bel Edwards is scheduled to reveal his tax reform recommendations this afternoon at the Capitol (LBP will be writing separately about this).

Number of the Day

500+ - Number of Louisiana public school students with disabilities who received some form of corporal punishment in 2015-16 school year. Legislation backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards for the spring legislative session aims to outlaw the practice (Source: Louisiana Department of Education )
March 28, 2017

Survey Says…

Most Louisianans think the state should spend more money on K-12 schools, higher education, health care and roads, according to the 2017 Louisiana Survey by Louisiana State University’s Public Policy Research Lab.

Number of the Day

55 - Percent of Louisianans who believe upper income people aren’t paying their fair share of taxes. (Source: 2017 Louisiana Survey)