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August 28, 2017

Starving higher education

How bad is the financial crunch at Louisiana's colleges and universities? So bad that at Nicholls State University, appropriations from the state are no longer enough to cover all "mandated" costs - money that goes back to the state to pay for pensions, security, health benefits and the like.

Number of the Day

$1.07 - Amount that Nicholls State University spent on costs mandated by the state in 2016-17, for every $1 in general fund support it received. (Source: The Advocate)
August 8, 2017

SNAP: A rural lifeline

Families living in rural areas are more likely to rely on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, than those in urban areas, according to new research by the Food Research Action Center.

Number of the Day

83,700 -  Number of service industry workers in Louisiana who rely on SNAP (food stamps) to make ends meet.  (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)