August 25, 2017

First in the wrong ways

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released a report this week showing that from 2008 - 2017 Louisiana cut per-student higher education funding more than any other state.

Number of the Day

$5,350 - The per student cut in funding for four-year colleges in Louisiana, inflation adjusted, 2008-2017 (Source: Center on Budget Policy and Priorities)
August 14, 2017

The case for free community college

Louisiana has one of the most generous college scholarship programs in the country - TOPS - which covers in-state tuition for anyone who finishes high school with a 2.5 grade point average and a 20 or above on their ACT. But as The Advocate’s Mark Ballard reports, it’s a different story for students in the state’s community and technical colleges.

Number of the Day

$1.5 billion - State budget shortfall estimate for 2018-19 fiscal year (Source: Office of Planning and Budget via AP)
August 26, 2016

Aug. 26: Medicaid expansion good for premiums

States that have expanded Medicaid have lower health insurance premiums than states that have not, according to a report released this week by the Department of Health and Human Services...The Advocate’s Ted Griggs has more good news for Louisianans participating in the exchange marketplace - coverage will remain affordable even if all the plans increase rates by 50 percent in 2017.
November 3, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

High stakes for higher education; The cost of incarceration; Tax cuts don’t spur economic growth; and Child care out of reach