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Louisiana Needs a Higher Wage

Louisianans of all political stripes strongly favor establishing a state minimum wage of at least $8.50 an hour that would keep pace with the cost of living, according to polling data released as part of a new report from the Louisiana Budget Project.
The report by David Gray, “Louisiana Needs a Higher Wage,” also found that an $8.50 minimum wage would provide an immediate raise for 184,000 workers, create an estimated 1,400 new jobs and pump more than $187 million into Louisiana’s economy.

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The Daily Dime

Payday lending, Medicaid expansion highlight busy legislative day; More bad news about higher education; A cautionary note about privatized K-12 education; and Small business owner makes the case for raising the minimum wage.

15,600 - The number of jobs that would be created over ten years if Louisiana accepted federal dollars to expand health coverage to low-income adults. (Source: LBP analysis)

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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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Our Two Cents

Expanding Louisiana’s Medicaid program to cover low-income uninsured adults would not only improve public health, it also would help economies in every region of the state as new federal health care dollars became available.

Medicaid expansion is expected to bring in more than $16 billion over 10 years that would support 15,600 new Louisiana jobs.

To show how this economic expansion would affect specific regions, LBP created nine new fact sheets showing the impact on each Department of Health and Hospitals region. Click on your region below to see more detailed information.

Acadiana Region
Baton Rouge Region
Central Region
New Orleans Region
Northeast Louisiana Region
Northshore Region
Northwest Region
Southeast Region
Southwest Region

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