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As many as 196 babies in Louisiana a year could be saved from risky low birth weight births and the accompanying health risks, if state lawmakers increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), according to the findings of a recent study.Read more...

The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow era policies and systemic discrimination have resulted in black Louisianans having, on average, worse economic outcomes than their white counterparts. African Americans are more likely than whites to have household earnings that fall in the bottom 40 percent – or less than $37,000 per year.Read more...

Expanding our state EITC is a common sense way to help Louisiana’s low-paid working families make ends meet as lawmakers pursue a partial renewal of the 2016 sales tax increase.

BATON ROUGE — Legislation backed by the national payday lending industry that would expand their operations in the state narrowly passed the Louisiana Senate by a vote of 20-17 on Tuesday. Predatory payday already lending drains more than $240 million each year from Louisiana workers by saddling vulnerable borrowers with high-interest loans that they often cannot afford.Read more...

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As the end of state fiscal year 2018 nears, Louisiana’s state agencies and administrators are trying to figure out what their budgets might look like come July 1. For now, they have to plan as if the state will go over the “fiscal cliff,” meaning the Legislature will allow almost $1.4 billion in temporary taxes to expire without enacting any replacement measures.Read more...

Predatory payday lending drains more than $240 million each year from Louisiana workers by saddling vulnerable borrowers with high-interest loans that they often cannot afford. But instead of working to address this problem, the Legislature is considering a bill that would make it worse.Read more...

Louisiana workers are long overdue for a pay raise. Although the state's unemployment rate is at its lowest rate in a decade, far too many workers are not earning enough to make ends meet.

The Louisiana Installment Loan Act (House Bill 501/Senate Bill 365) would expand the payday loan industry in Louisiana by allowing payday lenders and car title lenders to offer longer-term “installment loans.” Installment loans are similar to high-interest payday loans, but allow borrowers to take out larger loans for longer periods of time.Read more...

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