EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
Unemployment Down to 4.2%: The unemployment rate in Louisiana has declined from 7.6% to 4.2% since 1993. 278,700 New Jobs: 278,700 new jobs have been created in Louisiana since 1993 -- an average of 43,434 per year, compared to an average of just 31,325 jobs per year in the previous administration. 253,800 New Private Sector Jobs: Since 1993, 253,800 new private sector jobs have been created-an average of 39,553 jobs per year, compared to an average of just 23,475 private sector jobs per year in the previous administration. 38,200 New Construction Jobs: 38,200 construction jobs have been created in Louisiana since 1993 -- an average of 5,953 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of only 3,850 construction jobs were created each year during the previous administration. 309,000 Have Received a Raise: Approximately 142,000 Louisiana workers benefited from an increase in the minimum wage-from $4.25 to $4.75 -- on October 1, 1996. They, along with about 167,000 more received an additional raise-from $4.75 to $5.15 -- on September 1, 1997. Poverty Has Fallen: In Louisiana, the poverty rate has fallen from 26.4% in 1993 to 16.3% in 1997 --down 10.1% under President Clinton. [Census Bureau] A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to President Clinton, the balanced budget delivers a child tax credit to 445,000 families in Louisiana. Business Failures and Bankruptcy Filings Down: Business failures have dropped 13.9% per year since 1993, after increasing 16.8% per year during the previous 12 years. Additionally, bankruptcy filings have declined 10.0% per year since 1993, after increasing 8.3% during the previous two administrations [Oct. 98 data]. Home Ownership Has Increased in Louisiana: Home ownership in Louisiana has increased from 65.0% to 67.9% since the fourth quarter of 1993. Home Building Up 8.7%: New home building has increased 8.7% per year since 1993, after falling an average of 6% per year during the previous two administrations. Over $25,000 of Reduced Federal Debt for Every Family of Four: The national debt will b be $1.7 trillion lower in FY99 than projected in 1993 -- that's $25,000 less debt for each family of four in Louisiana this year.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Over 20,000 Children in Head Start: Over 20,000 Louisiana children were enrolled in Head Start in 1998. In FY99, Louisiana will receive $100.1 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $37.1 million over 1993. More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for Louisiana's Schools: Thanks to President Clinton, the final FY99 budget provides for the first year of the President's new initiative to hire 100,000 new, well-prepared teachers, to reduce class sizes in the early grades to a national average of 18. Louisiana receives $29.5 million in 1999 to hire about 758 new public school teachers. And, under President Clinton's proposal, Louisiana would receive $33 million in FY00 to support a total of 884 teachers. $9.9 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY99], Louisiana receives $9.9 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. $10.6 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY99], Louisiana receives $10.6 million for the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund which helps communities and the private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer literacy skills needed for the 21st century. Connecting Louisiana's Schools and Libraries to the Internet: The E-rate program is part of the Administration's effort to connect every classroom and library to the information superhighway, giving every child access to the resources and knowledge available online. This program helps schools and libraries by providing discounts of 20 to 90 percent on telecommunications services, internal connections and Internet access - with the largest discounts going to the poorest urban and rural schools. In the first year of funding alone, Louisiana received $39 million in E-rate discounts. Over $191 Million for Students Most in Need: Louisiana receives over $191 million in Title I Grants (to Local Education Agencies) providing extra help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families. [FY99] 79,700 Students Will Receive Pell Grants This Year: This year [FY00], Louisiana will receive $166.7 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, benefiting a total of 79,700 Louisiana students. Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY99 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. Louisiana will receive $15.1 million in Work-Study funding in 1999 to help Louisiana students work their way through college. Over 1,400 Have Served in Louisiana through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 1,454 AmeriCorps participants have earned money for college while working in Louisiana's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks. [through 11/98] Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President Clinton's $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002 and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 70,000 students in Louisiana will receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500, and 83,000 students in Louisiana will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in FY00 estimate] Expanded Job Training to Louisiana's Dislocated Workers: Thanks to President Clinton, the FY99 budget includes a significant expansion in the dislocated worker program. Louisiana will receive $25.5 million in 1999 to help 15,080 of Louisiana's dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible.
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
Violent Crime Falls 12% in Louisiana: Since 1992, violent crime in Louisiana has declined 12%. In Louisiana's cities, serious crime, as indicated by the crime index, has fallen 22% in Baton Rouge, 9% in New Orleans and 5% in Shreveport. [1992 and 1997 Uniform Crime Reports] 1,859 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 1,859 new police officers to date in communities across Louisiana. [through 7/99] Monroe Will Receive Targeted Funding to Hire More Community Police: Monroe was selected as a pilot city for the President's new effort to target high crime neighborhoods. The pilot program will provide full funding for new officers by waiving the usual matching requirements. Monroe will deploy new officers to help meet the unique needs of its community, such as combating gangs or targeting drug "hot spots." Reducing Crime with Drug Courts: Working to reduce drug-related crime in Louisiana, the Clinton Administration has awarded Drug Court grants to the communities of Alexandria, Gretna, Franklin, and New Orleans. The Administration had previously awarded grants to a number of Louisiana communities including: Baton Rouge, Houma, Harvey, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Leesville, Mansfield, Monroe, New Iberia, Vidalia and Thibideaux.. Drug courts use the coercive power of the criminal justice system to combine drug testing, sanctions, supervision and treatment to push nonviolent, drug-abusing offenders to stop using drugs and committing crimes. Nearly $4 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, Louisiana received $3.9 million in federal funds in FY98 to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. $930,000 in Grants for Battered Women and Children: In FY98, Louisiana received approximately $930,000 in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse, an additional $160,300 increase over FY97. $9 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of Louisiana's Schools: Louisiana receives $9 million in FY99 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING LOUISIANA RESIDENTS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
152,264 Fewer People on Welfare: There are 152,264 fewer people on welfare in Louisiana now than there were at the beginning of 1993 -- a 58% decrease. [through 3/99] Child Support Collections Up 102%: Child support collections have been increased by over $86 million-or 102% -- in Louisiana since FY92. [through FY98] Encouraging Responsible Choices-Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Louisiana: Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with significant components of the strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages "second chance homes" to provide teen parents with the skills and support they need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates are declining. And between 1992 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 13% in Louisiana. $104.7 Million for Louisiana Welfare-to-Work: In 1998 and 1999, Louisiana received a total of $67.9 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula grants (the state matched $34 million in funding), helping Louisiana welfare recipients get and keep jobs. In 1998, $2.8 million in competitive grants were awarded to Louisiana localities to support innovative welfare-to-work strategies. Part of the President's comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Helping People Get to Work: Through the Access to Jobs initiative, the Clinton-Gore Administration is working with communities across the country to design transportation solutions to help welfare recipients and other low-income workers get to and from work. Statewide, Louisiana has received $1.23 million this year to fund innovative transit projects. In addition to this funding, New Orleans, Jefferson Parish and Baton Rouge have received a total of $837,364 for these transportation projects.
INVESTING IN LOUISIANA'S HEALTH
Health Care for Uninsured Children: The balanced budget included the largest single investment in health care for children since the passage of Medicaid in 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This investment guarantees the full range of benefits-from checkups to surgery -- that children need to grow up strong and healthy. It ensures that prescription drugs, vision, hearing, and mental health coverage now offered at the state level are extended to millions of uninsured children. To expand health coverage to more uninsured children in Louisiana the balanced budget provided $102 million in 1998. This compares to the 1995 Republican plan vetoed by President Clinton that would have denied health coverage to 234,400 children in Louisiana. Helping Louisiana Women and Children with WIC: The Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY98, Louisiana received $78.8 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 136,400 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance, 17,000 more than in 1994. More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President's 1993 Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have reached an historic high. According to the CDC,by 1996, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines-surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In Louisiana in 1997, 96% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 92% received the vaccine for polio; 88% received the vaccine for measles, and 94% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis. Increased Funding for Ryan White by $59.6 Million: Between 1993 and 1998, Louisiana communities received $59.6 million in Ryan White formula and other HIV/AIDS program funds. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services, including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program which helps those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 12/98] Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 45% in Louisiana: The Clinton Administration's tobacco proposal, combined with the recently enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting premature deaths 45% in Louisiana by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 68,500 of Louisiana's youth will be kept from smoking and 21,900 will be spared a premature tobacco-related death. [Treasury Dept., 2/99] 1,700,000 Americans in Louisiana Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient Protections: Even if Louisiana enacted all the protections in the Patients' Bill of Rights, 1,700,000 people in Louisiana cannot be assured they have the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President's Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable patients' bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have a basic set of protections. Notably, 830,000 Louisiana women are in ERISA health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs addressed by a patients' bill of rights.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
$11.8 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY99], thanks to President Clinton, Louisiana will receive $10.4 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to provide low-interest loans to municipalities to build, improve, and prevent pollution of drinking water systems. In addition, Louisiana will receive $1.4 million in Public Water Supply Supervision grants to help monitor drinking water quality and enforce health standards. Six Superfund Sites Cleaned Up: Since 1993, the EPA has completed six Superfund toxic waste clean-ups in Louisiana. The sites are located in Abbeville, Dutchtown, Sorrento, Winnfield and Slidell (2) [through 6/99]. In contrast, only one site cleanup was completed under the previous two administrations combined. Revitalizing Brownfields in Louisiana: As part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to clean up Brownfields, the EPA has awarded grants to Louisiana communities-New Orleans, Gretna, and Shreveport-for environmental clean-up and economic revitalization. These projects are intended to jump-start local clean-up efforts by providing funds to return unproductive, abandoned, contaminated urban properties to productive use.
SPEARHEADING RURAL AND URBAN RENEWAL EFFORTS
Revitalizing Louisiana's Communities: The Northeast Delta, Macon Ridge, New Orleans and Ouachita Parish were all designated Enterprise Communities in December, 1994, and were awarded $3 million each to create more jobs, housing, and economic opportunity for area residents. In 1999, New Orleans was named a Strategic Planning Community Expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Will Help Develop 4,100 To 5,000 New Affordable Housing Units in Louisiana Over the Next 5 Years: This year, the President and Vice President pushed for a 40-percent expansion in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Next year, the President and Vice President will try again to enact tax incentives to develop affordable housing. In Louisiana alone, this proposal would mean an additional 4,100 - 5,000 quality rental housing units for low-income American families during the next five years. Helping Rural Louisianans: Since 1993, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested more than $930.1 million in Louisiana for rural economic development efforts including rural water and sewer, housing and business assistance.[through FY98]
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
$172 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, Kentucky has received $172 million in disaster relief. This includes $1.8 million for Tropical Storm Frances and Hurricane George in 1998. [FEMA, 12/98]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
Over $1.6 Billion in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, Louisiana has received over $1.6 billion in federal highway aid. Included in this funding is $3.8 million for emergency relief in response to natural disasters and $3.1 million for scenic byways. These funds have helped generate 30,952 jobs. [through FY98] Over $774 Million in Aviation Funds: From FY93-FY98 Louisiana received over $774 million in Airport Improvement Program funds to help build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near airports. Over $219 Million in Transit Funding: Since 1993, Louisiana has received over $219 million in Federal Transit Funding. Saving Lives and Property: In 1997 the United States Coast Guard saved 155 lives and over $23.9 million of property in Louisiana.
Last Updated August 1999