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Dr. Michael Henderson is the director of the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU.

LSU survey: Public favors Medicaid expansion, criminal justice reform

A survey by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab found that a majority of Louisiana residents support criminal justice reform and Medicaid expansion, two major policies pushed by the John Bel Edwards administration.
The survey comes at a time when legislators are considering proposals to scale back last year’s changes in criminal justice and cut funding for some Medicaid programs.
Of those surveyed, 61 percent of Louisiana residents approve of the criminal justice changes.

Tri-Parish LSU impact exceeds $52M

LSU’s economic impact on the Tri-Parish area exceeds $52 million a year, according to an economic impact study compiled by the Economics & Policy Research Group at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business this month.
The report stated, during the 2017 fiscal year, LSU was responsible for $5.1 billion in economic impact to the state, which is effectively $1,097 per Louisiana citizen.

LSU President F. King Alexander, left, and LSUE Chancellor Kimberly Russell answer questions after Alexander gave a talk on LSU’s strategic plan and economic impact. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

LSU chief: Settle the LSU budget now, not in June

While LSU President F. King Alexander was at LSUE Tuesday afternoon to talk about the LSU Strategic Plan and the university’s economic impact, he said, “Don’t make us wait this out until June,” Alexander said of Gov. John Bel Edwards and legislators making budget decisions.
“Let’s solve this problem so that we don’t have collateral damage that slows us down from addressing these strategic issues,” he said.
When budget decisions are not made until June, Alexander said that affects enrollment and hiring employments.

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