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August 28, 2018

Medicaid is important to academic success

More than half of Louisiana children get health coverage through Medicaid, and the access provided by this coverage has vast implications on their ability to perform in school. To kick off the school year, the LBP’s Jeanie Donovan writes about the importance of Medicaid for children in Louisiana

Number of the Day

3 - the percentage that Louisiana’s population grew between 2010 and 2017, which is significantly lower than Texas and Florida at 13 and 12 percent. (Source: | The Times Picayune)
August 16, 2018

Deadly conditions in East Baton Rouge prison

Louisiana may no longer have the highest incarceration rate in the nation, but the conditions that prisoners are subject to has come under fire in a new report about conditions in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Number of the Day

250,000 - The number of federal direct student loan borrowers who see their loans go into default for the first time every quarter. (Source: The Urban Institute)
January 10, 2018

Fiscal reform cannot wait

Although the state’s revenue picture is expected to brighten by up to $300 million once federal tax changes take effect, the extra revenue won’t be nearly enough to plug the $1.5 billion shortfall in next year’s state budget that is mostly due to temporary taxes expiring on July 1.

Number of the Day

323,000 - Square feet of office space that Louisiana is renting from New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson at above-market rates, costing the state nearly $2 million a year. (Source: Gannett Louisiana)
September 29, 2017

40 years of SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food assistance to more than 410,000 Louisiana households, turns 40 years old today.

Number of the Day

70,000- Number of people convicted of a felony in Louisiana whose right to vote would be restored if a 1976 constitutional law is found unconstitutional. (Source: The Associated Press via