January 15, 2021

Thinking Clearly About Louisiana Tax Policy

In early April, Louisiana legislators will convene for a two-month session focused on tax policy. Already there is lots of talk from public officials, interest groups and others about proposed changes to the way Louisiana taxes its citizens and corporations. 

Any reforms made to Louisiana’s tax structure should move us toward a more fair, adequate, competitive, transparent and sustainable revenue system – one that allows for much-needed investments in education, public safety and the social safety net and gives every Louisianan the opportunity to thrive. … Read more...

December 1, 2020

Invest in Louisiana’s Opportunity Youth for an Equitable, Lasting Recovery

Nearly 1 in 6 Louisianans aged 16 to 24 are neither working nor going to school. The state’s youth disconnection rate of 16.4% – representing 92,100 children and young adults – is the fourth-highest in the United States, according to a new report by Measure of America, A Portrait of Louisiana 2020: Human Development in an Age of UncertaintyRead more...

October 23, 2020

Putting the Trust back in Trust Fund

The unemployment insurance (UI) system has been part of the social contract between companies and their workers since the Great Depression. The federal-state system is designed to provide workers with money to temporarily meet their basic needs after they have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Read more...

October 13, 2020

Changing the Charter: A Guide to the 2020 Constitutional Amendments

Louisiana voters will decide on seven amendments to the state constitution in the November 2020 elections, along with an eighth ballot measure that deals with the legalization of sports gambling. While most of these measures will have little effect on the day-to-day lives of most citizens, two amendments have the potential to inflict long-term damage on the ability of state and local governments to provide basic services. Read more...