April 13, 2022

Payday Lending Traps Louisianans in Triple-Digit Interest Debt

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Polling data showing overwhelming public support for a 36% rate cap on payday loans.

April 2022 

Payday lending: significant financial harms 
Payday loans in Louisiana carry annual percentage rates (APR) of interest averaging 400%. These high-cost loans are marketed as quick solutions to a financial emergency.… Read more...

April 7, 2022

Sick days makes for a healthier Louisiana

Nearly half of Louisiana workers lack access to paid sick days. And, low wage workers are two and three times less likely to have access to paid sick days than higher wage workers. This means those who struggle the most to make ends meet routinely face an excruciating choice between caring for themselves and their families when they get sick or keeping their job.… Read more...

April 6, 2022

Louisiana can do better on teacher pay

Every Louisiana child deserves a high-quality education, and that can only happen if our public schools are staffed by talented, dedicated, and well-compensated teachers. But Louisiana continues to lag far behind our regional and national peers in teacher pay. Public school teachers in Louisiana are paid an average of  $12,567 below their national peers and $3,639 below the Southern regional average, according to the Southern Regional Education Board.… Read more...

April 4, 2022

Louisiana needs to check all the boxes to keep people covered

Almost 2 million Louisianans—more than 40% of the state’s population—will have their Medicaid eligibility reviewed in the coming months, when the federally declared Public Health Emergency (PHE) is expected to officially end. Many of them will be at risk of losing their health coverage, even though they might still be eligible because of their income or health status.… Read more...