COVID-19

July 15, 2021

With Local ARPA Funds, Louisiana’s Advocates Can Build a Lasting Recovery

The first tranche of American Rescue Plan Act dollars have started making their way into state and local government coffers – and while the Louisiana Legislature has already appropriated approximately $1.6 billion of its expected $3 billion from the Rescue Plan, parish and municipal governments have only just begun conversations about how to spend their shares.… Read more...

June 28, 2021

2021 Louisiana legislative session: A return to (somewhat) normal

Federal pandemic relief dollars lessened the pressure on the state budget and allowed the Legislature to make important new investments in education, including a much-needed boost to the Go Grants program that will make college more affordable for low-income students and the creation of the M.J.… Read more...

May 21, 2021

We must increase unemployment insurance benefits without caveats

Long before the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on our state’s economy, Louisiana workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own were stuck with some of the lowest unemployment benefits in the country. 

Louisiana’s maximum weekly benefit of $247 is the third lowest in the nation, behind Mississippi and Arizona.… Read more...

May 20, 2021

VIDEO: Imagine all the good the Earned Income Tax Credit can do in your community

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