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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)
August 16, 2018

Deadly conditions in East Baton Rouge prison

Louisiana may no longer have the highest incarceration rate in the nation, but the conditions that prisoners are subject to has come under fire in a new report about conditions in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Number of the Day

250,000 - The number of federal direct student loan borrowers who see their loans go into default for the first time every quarter. (Source: The Urban Institute)
December 9, 2016

Dec. 9: Tax structure should be fair, predictable and “sufficient”

Gov. John Bel Edwards headlined the Council for a Better Louisiana’s annual meeting on Thursday, and used the occasion to call for an overhaul of the state’s broken tax system.
September 30, 2016

Sept 30: The most expensive movie

“Deepwater Horizon” opens in theaters across the country today, and the reviews have been excellent. But as  The Advocate’s Gordon Russell reports, it’s also cost Louisiana taxpayers $38 million in tax credits – or $8 for every man, woman and child in the state.Read more...