Maria Clark

October 25, 2018

ICE and economic development in rural Louisiana

Tucked away near the sleepy town of Jena in central Louisiana is a former juvenile prison that now serves as a privately operated detention center, where 1,200 immigrants spend their days under lock and key while waiting to find out if they can stay in the United States or face deportation.

Number of the Day

634,000  - The number of adults in Louisiana who have a mental illness, nearly 1 in 5 adults in the state.  (Source: Mental Health America via Nola.com/The Times Picayune)
September 18, 2018

Location and life expectancy in New Orleans

The average life expectancy in a region says a lot about the population’s overall health, and a new tool  developed by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a glimpse at life expectancy data down to the  Census tract level.

Number of the Day

634,000 - Estimated number of adults in Louisiana who have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder. (Source: Nola.com/The Times Picayune)
August 22, 2018

TANF at 22

The federal welfare “reform” law that created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program turns 22 years old today.

Number of the Day

4 - The percent of low-income families in Louisiana that receive TANF cash assistance. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
May 9, 2018

Real preparations for the fiscal cliff begin

The “fiscal cliff” has become a jargony term tossed around by legislators, politicos and journalists to describe the expiration of temporary taxes on June 30.

Number of the Day

$790 - Average annual rent increase for the 83,400 low-income households receiving federal rental assistance in Louisiana under the Trump housing plan. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)