public health

September 10, 2020

Invest in public health for healthier communities

Public health programs are long-term investments in the safety and wellbeing of entire communities. Yet, in the years leading up to the Covid-19 pandemic, funding for this critical field has remained flat or decreased across the country even as spending on health care has increased.Read more...

June 1, 2018

House budget with major holes advances to the Senate

TOPS scholarships, mental health services, substance abuse treatment and local sheriffs are just a few of the priorities that would be hit by severe cuts in the latest version of the 2018-19 budget that cleared the House on Thursday.

Number of the Day

25 - Number of inmates who died in East Baton Rouge Parish Jail from 2012-16 - a rate that is 2.5 times the national average. (Source: Reuters)
May 2, 2018

What to do when TOPS is underfunded?

The House version of next year’s budget funds the TOPS scholarship program at only 80 percent of current year funding.

Number of the Day

167 - Average annual percentage interest rate (APR) for a new predatory payday loan product that would be authorized by legislation passed by the Louisiana Senate on Tuesday evening. Current law caps interest rates at 36 percent APR. (Source: Center for Responsible Lending)