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The State of Working Louisiana

After years of decline and stagnation, the median wage in Louisiana rose 39 cents from 2012 to 2014 to $15.63 an hour, and Louisiana added 54,000 jobs over that time. More Louisianans had jobs than ever before, and wages for women gained ground on their male counterparts. Unfortunately, that is where the good news ends.

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State of Working Louisiana 2015; Two strategies for poverty reduction; Bail reform in Ascension Parish and; Treatment, not incarceration, for people with mental illness

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The Daily Dime is a summary of the day's news stories related to the state budget and issues that affect low- and middle-income individuals and families, compiled every business day by Louisiana Budget Project staff.

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The Louisiana Budget Project released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell:

Today’s Supreme Court’s decision is a major victory for the 138,000 Louisianans who were in danger of losing their health coverage. It affirms that Congress intended for Americans in every state to have access to  tax credits that make coverage affordable.

The case was a desperate attempt by opponents of the law to deny the promise of health coverage to millions of Americans, and an adverse ruling would have crippled state insurance markets. Most legal experts found little basis to the lawsuit, and fortunately, the Supreme Court agreed.

We now know that health reform is here to stay, and every month brings new evidence that it is working. More people are getting health coverage, which improves access to primary care doctors and preventive care. With fewer uninsured patients, hospitals and clinics are getting reimbursed for more of the services they provide, which is good news for state economies. Continue reading…

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