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May 17, 2022

If Legislators Won’t Invest in People, At Least Give Them Their Money Back

The Louisiana Legislature started its annual session with record amounts of revenue to divide among the state’s many needs. Lawmakers have more than $3.6 billion in windfall revenue on hand that includes surplus dollars from last year, leftover pandemic relief dollars and “excess” tax revenue in the current year that can be spent with few restrictions.… Read more...

May 12, 2022

Baby Bonds Could Start to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

One in 4 Louisiana children lives in poverty. These children’s families can hardly afford to meet their basic needs, let alone save for the future. To put our state on a path to address this, Rep. Royce Duplessis has introduced House Concurrent Resolution 94, which asks the Department of Children and Family Services to study a policy tool that has gained national popularity in recent years: baby bonds.… Read more...

April 26, 2022

It’s time for Louisiana to raise the wage

As workers struggle to keep up with rising costs, Louisiana continues to be one of only five states without a state minimum wage. This means many workers in our state continue to work for the $7.25 federal minimum wage, which has not been raised since 2009.… Read more...

April 14, 2022

Legislature must avoid UI reforms that hurt workers

Louisiana’s unemployment insurance system is supposed to protect workers who lose their job through no fault of their own by providing support to help make ends meet while they look for work or retrain for a new occupation. But Louisiana’s unemployment benefits are notoriously skimpy, with average weekly benefits that are currently the lowest among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  … Read more...