Sam Karlin

December 4, 2018

Food banks are struggling to provide food

When conservative politicians push for work requirements as a condition of receiving food benefits, they often argue that food banks can step in to fill any gaps created if people lose government assistance. But as the holiday season kicks into high gear - traditionally a high point for giving - the shelves at many Louisiana food banks are bare, partly because food assistance has been going to areas that were hit by recent disasters. Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards are calling for donations.

Number of the Day

$1.44 trillion - The amount of outstanding student loan debt in America, an increase of $37 billion in the third quarter of 2018. (Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York via Bloomberg)
September 19, 2018

China’s tariffs strike Louisiana

The economy in Southwest Louisiana is booming due to the massive industrial construction projects. The vast majority of these projects are connected to plants built to export liquid natural gas (LNG). Investors in these facilities planned to do business with China, but President Donald Trump’s tariffs have put all of that in jeopardy.

Number of the Day

20.7 - Percentage of black adults in Louisiana that have an associate degree or higher.  (Source: The Education Trust)
August 30, 2018

Exxon wins approval for ITEP

A state panel granted ExxonMobil Corp. a 10-year partial exemption on property taxes for a proposed expansion of its Baton Rouge operations that would create up to 60 new permanent jobs.

Number of the Day

229,000 - Number of children in Louisiana who will receive no increase, or a small increase of less than $75 from the Child Tax Credit under the 2017 tax law. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
August 23, 2018

Louisiana teachers need a raise

A decade of stagnant pay has left teacher salaries in Louisiana below the Southern and national average, and could be one reason why it’s hard to find middle-school teachers who understand basic math

Number of the Day

$2.74: Amount Louisiana’s hourly minimum wage would need to rise to bring a family of three, headed by a single parent working full-time for minimum wage, up to the federal poverty line. (Source: Federal Poverty Guidelines)