Nola.com/Times-Picayune editorial

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)
September 4, 2018

Challenges and opportunities in public schools

As Louisiana students begin the first full month of school this week, the Nola.com/Times-Picayune 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: Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)