work requirements

August 14, 2018

Work requirements don’t create jobs

Speaking recently on the Senate floor, Sen. John Kennedy said, “I want fewer people to need food stamps. And the best way that we can do that for those who are able to work is to help them get a job." Kennedy is right: when people are able to find good jobs, they’re less likely to need the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is evidenced by the latest data on SNAP participation and the state’s unemployment rate.

Number of the Day

6 - Percentage of the lowest-earning 25 percent of private sector workers who have any paid family leave benefits through their employer. (Source: LBP via the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
August 12, 2018

Fewer people need food stamps each month, as Louisiana’s economy strengthens

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has a proven track record of helping families weather times of financial hardship, but the program’s effectiveness in fighting hunger and poverty is threatened by harmful changes proposed in the House version of the federal farm bill.Read more...

June 29, 2018

Farm bill heads to conference committee

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one of the most important parts of our country’s safety net, and ensures that nearly 900,000 Louisianans each year have enough to eat.

Number of the Day

65 percent- Voters who said that continuing protections for people with pre-existing conditions is very important, if not the single most important health issue, for midterm candidates. (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)
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)