Robert Greenstein

September 13, 2018

New Orleans poverty rate top among U.S. metros

New Orleans had the nation’s highest official poverty rate among the 50 largest metro areas in 2017, according to Census data released Thursday.

Number of the Day

899,039 - Number of Louisiana residents living below the poverty line in 2017, nearly one in five people in the state (19.7%). (Source: American Community Survey)
December 11, 2017

The case for real tax reform

Congressional leaders hope to vote next week on a tax plan that gives massive giveaways to corporations and the most powerful people in the United States.

Number of the Day

19 cents - The loss in purchasing power - due to inflation and improved fuel efficiency - for the state’s gas tax from 1990 to 2016. (Source: Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy)
May 16, 2017

Deepening the budget hole

Rather than heeding the recommendations of experts who suggested reducing the proliferation of tax exemptions and credits, the House Ways & Means Committee is creating new tax breaks and extending old ones.

Number of the Day

8.9 -  Percent of discretionary federal grant dollars Louisiana would lose under President Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint. Programs funded with discretionary federal money include Community Development Block Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.  (Source: The Pew Trusts)
March 22, 2017

Red flags over budget cuts

Coming out of a recent retreat, Louisiana’s House GOP delegation seemed to agree on one thing: The need to continue cutting state services. But figuring out which services to cut is proving difficult, and some conservatives are pushing to restore funding for specific services.Read more...