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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...

Louisiana leaders denounce ACA lawsuit

Posted on November 8, 2018

BATON ROUGE – 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.Read more...

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Louisiana voters will find six proposed changes to the state constitution on their Nov. 6 statewide ballot. A seventh ballot question is not a constitutional amendment, but asks voters whether fantasy sports contests should be legal in their parish.Read more...

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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.

Louisiana’s Tax Code is Still Regressive

Posted on October 17, 2018

The wealthiest households in Louisiana continue to pay state and local taxes at a lower rate than those in the middle class and below, according to a new analysis that breaks down the tax rates by income brackets in every state.Read more...

BATON ROUGE – A new study released Wednesday by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and the Louisiana Budget Project finds that Louisiana has the 14th most unfair state and local tax system in the country, with the lowest-income Louisianans paying almost two times more in taxes as a percent of their income compared to the state’s wealthiest residents.Read more...

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