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: Times Picayune)
September 4, 2018

Challenges and opportunities in public schools

As Louisiana students begin the first full month of school this week, the editorial board looks at some unlikely success stories in public education - schools with a high percentage of students in poverty that still manage to rack up high test scores.

Number of the Day

22 - Minimum ACT score required for admission to LSU. Under a new ‘holistic’ approach, test scores will be de-emphasized in favor of a more in-depth look at a student’s achievements (Source: The Advocate)
August 13, 2018

Planning for the next recession?

Louisiana’s economy - like the nation’s - is doing quite well at the moment. Unemployment and inflation are low and growth is strong. The state budget is finally stable after a decade of turmoil. But at some point in the next few years, the economic tide will turn and Louisiana (and the country) will find itself in a recession.

Number of the Day

$318,927,883.71 - Balance of Louisiana’s Budget Stabilization Fund, down from $853,719,306 in 2008-09. (Source: House Fiscal Division; Legislative Fiscal Office).
June 20, 2018

The case for preserving SNAP

Louisiana legislators each receive $164 for every day they are in session. The average recipient of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits gets $9 a day to put food on the table - benefits that will disappear in early 2019 if the Legislature refuses to raise the revenue needed to fund its budget priorities.

Number of the Day

$34.7 million -  The cut projected for the Department of Children and Family Services if the Legislature doesn’t renew any revenue in the third special session, about one-quarter of the department’s state funding. (Source: | The Times-Picayune)