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Louisiana’s history of institutionalized racism has created barriers to economic prosperity for many people of color in the state. Black households in Louisiana are poorer, on average, than white households. And because of that, they also pay a higher percentage of their income in state and local taxes than white households.… Read more...

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While our political climate has become more polarized, something we can all agree on is the need to support those who have volunteered to risk their lives in their country’s service after they’ve separated from the military. Number of the Day 1301 - Number of homeless residents in the New Orleans metro area, Feb. 2018 (Source: ResultsNOLA)
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A group of health care, nonprofit and community leaders is urging Attorney General Jeff Landry to withdraw Louisiana from a lawsuit that seeks repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Landry has joined 19 other attorneys general and governors in arguing that the entire health-care law became unconstitutional when Congress eliminated the penalty for not having health insurance.… Read more...

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Louisiana voters overwhelmingly agreed Tuesday to end a shameful Jim Crow-era split jury law, joining 48 other states and the federal government by requiring a unanimous jury for a conviction on non-capital felony offenses. Number of the Day 64.35 - Percent of voters who approved of Amendment 2 that requires a unanimous jury to convict a person charged with a non-capital felony offense. (Source: Louisiana Secretary of State)
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Elections often are referendums on the voting record of an incumbent candidate. That is especially true this year, when many incumbent members of Congress have come under fire for their votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Number of the Day 2,066 - Number of polling locations open until 8 p.m. today across Louisiana - find yours (and a sample ballot) here. (Source: Louisiana Secretary of State)
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Poor and middle-income families in Louisiana pay state and local taxes at a higher rate than the wealthiest families. That’s the key takeaway from the latest state-by-state breakdown of tax distribution by income groups from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). Number of the Day $700 - The extra money Louisiana would be spending, per-pupil, had K-12 education spending kept up with inflation since 2008. (Source: Louisiana Budget Project research)
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BATON ROUGE – Louisiana public schools have lost out on billions of dollars over the past decade since state policymakers stopped providing annual cost-of-living increases to local school districts. That has made it harder for districts to keep up with rising costs, and widened the funding gap between rich school districts and poor ones.… Read more...

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One of the least-noticed, but most important parts of Louisiana’s 2012 education overhaul is Act 3, the Early Childhood Education Act, which developed a new regulatory framework for the way Louisiana educates its youngest learners. Number of the Day 56.3 - Percentage of new Louisiana residents who are millennials, the fifth-highest in the nation.  (Source: Porch)  
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Louisiana voters will find six proposed changes to the state constitution on their Nov. 6 statewide ballot. Number of the Day 307,000 - Total early voting turnout in Louisiana, 10 percent of all registered voters in the state. (Source: The Advocate via the Louisiana Secretary of State)
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