January 4, 2018

Federal budget negotiations begin

Congress faces a Jan. 19 deadline to strike a budget deal or trigger a government shutdown.

Number of the Day

5.8 percent - The reduction of violent crime attributed to Medicaid expansion and access to substance abuse treatment overall in expansion states. (Source: Brookings Institute)
October 9, 2017

Training tomorrow’s workers

Louisiana is very generous when it comes to providing college scholarships to traditional students who pursue four-year degrees directly from high school. But it is considerably less generous for everyone else - especially non-traditional students, people from low-income backgrounds and students seeking two-year associate degrees or skills training.

Number of the Day

$723.67 - Average weekly wages for production and “non-supervisory” workers in 2016 - which is 2 percent lower than in 1972, in inflation-adjusted dollars. (Source: EPI via The New York Times)
January 4, 2017

Jan. 4: Repeal and Delay

The first order of business for the Congress that was sworn in on Tuesday was to introduce a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act through a budgetary procedure known as reconciliation.
October 27, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Elephant in the Room; Tipping into poverty; Borrowing from Mom and Dad; and Food aid cut “undermines human dignity”