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The percentage of Louisiana residents without health insurance dropped into the single digits for the first time in 2017, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday. The state’s uninsured rate is 8.4 percent, down from 10.3 percent in 2016 and 16.6 percent in 2013, the year before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect.Read more...

Most workers encounter a period in their life when they need time off from work to take care of their own health or that of a loved one, whether it be a newborn baby or a sick family member. Unfortunately, the vast majority of workers in Louisiana cannot take time off from work to provide that care while still getting paid.
After a decade of reductions, higher education in Louisiana is once again threatened with deep cuts in the 2018-2019 state budget.

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...

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