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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)
June 28, 2018

Louisiana slips in Kids Count ranking

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual Kids Count data book on Wednesday, and the news is not good for Louisiana.

Number of the Day

29 percent -  The percentage of Louisiana children living below the poverty line, significantly higher than the national average of 19 percent. (Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation)
August 21, 2017

Are colleges turning a corner?

It’s no secret that Louisiana’s colleges and universities often bore the biggest brunt of state budget cuts during the 2008 - 16 fiscal downturn.

Number of the Day

21 percent - Drop in the number of tenure-track professors in the University of Louisiana System schools from 2007 to 2015 - from 2,478 to 1,961 (Source: The Advocate)