school lunch shaming

March 20, 2018

Policy Brief: Ending school lunch shaming

Nearly 1 in 4 Louisiana children live in a household that doesn’t have enough food to eat throughout the month.

Number of the Day

261,000  - Number of children in Louisiana whose parents are, at times, struggling to figure out how to pay for their families’ next meal. (Source: Feeding America)
March 19, 2018

Policy brief: HB 284 and SB 245 would ensure students receive proper nutrition and prohibit “lunch shaming”

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Louisiana has one of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the nation, with nearly 1 in 4 Louisiana children living in a household that doesn’t have enough food to eat throughout the month.Read more...

March 15, 2018

The midyear deficit that wasn’t

Cowed by years of lower-than-expected tax collections for state government, Gov. John Bel Edwards asked state agencies to set aside $60 million last year in case another mid-year shortfall materialized. But this year’s budget is actually running a surplus, so Edwards is allowing agencies to spend the money.

Number of the Day

$4.3 billion - Amount of money in state general fund dollars for the coming year that are dictated by the state Constitution and other laws. (Source: The Advocate)
March 13, 2018

Will the Legislature pass a budget?

The Legislature’s most important task during its annual regular session is passing a budget. But many predict the Legislature won’t accomplish that task during the regular session this year, because doing so would require cutting more than $700 million, mostly from critical health and education programs.

Number of the Day

105,000 - Number of children in Louisiana whose parents would earn more if the Legislature increased the statewide minimum wage to $8.50. (Source: LBP analysis)