Tim Morris

October 11, 2018

Public charge targets immigrants

The Trump administration has proposed a new regulation that would block immigrant families from having a permanent, secure future in the United States.

Number of the Day

15.1 percent  - The amount of households in New Orleans making less than $10,000 annually, while 9.1 percent of households earn $150,000 and more.  (Source: Bloomberg)
September 24, 2018

A radical shift on immigration policy

President Donald Trump is proposing to make life much harder for legal immigrants to the United States. A new federal rule - long anticipated but filed late Saturday night - would make it more difficult for people to stay in the country if they use “non-cash” forms of public assistance such as housing vouchers, food benefits or Medicare drug benefits.

Number of the Day

24,197 - Number of people on a waiting list for affordable housing vouchers in New Orleans in 2017-18. Overall, the New Orleans area saw a decrease in availability of affordable housing over the past year (Source: HousingNola, 2018 Report Card)
September 17, 2018

We’re measuring the wrong things

By most conventional measures, America’s economy is booming. But for millions of Americans, it doesn’t feel like a boom.

Number of the Day

10,551 - Total number of state contracts as of July - a 25 percent drop since July 2016. (Source: Division of Administration via The Advocate)
August 7, 2018

Paid family leave would transform Louisiana

With the federal government gridlocked, states across the country have adopted paid family leave policies to ensure that workers - particularly ones with low incomes - are able to take time off from work after a child is born or to care for an ailing relative.

Number of the Day

$250,000 -  Total fines assessed by the Louisiana Department of Health to the five private insurers that oversee care for most of the state’s Medicaid enrollees. The companies were cited for sloppy record-keeping. (Source: The Associated Press)