Daily Dime

November 15, 2019

The tax patriarchy

Women in Louisiana earn just 70 cents for each dollar a man is paid – the worst gender pay gap in the nation – and for black women it’s just 48 cents for every dollar. But, the disparity doesn’t end there.Read more...

November 14, 2019

Racial segregation and flooding in Louisiana’s capital

The Oct. 12 vote to create the breakaway city of St. George in East Baton Rouge Parish is only the latest chapter in a long story of racial segregation in and around Louisiana’s capital city. We already know that segregation leads to poor outcomes for children of color.Read more...

November 13, 2019

The con-con con (cont …)

Political candidates, conservative think tanks and others have promoted a state constitutional overhaul as the solution to Louisiana’s problems. Former state senator Tony Guarisco, who participated in the last constitutional convention in 1973, writes in The Advocate that a convention would be unlikely to “free up” state tax dollars as proponents claim and could potentially widen the state’s ideological chasms.Read more...

November 12, 2019

Non-partisan groups build power by boosting turnout

Nearly 40% of Louisianans are people of color, and half of all Louisianans live in households earning less than $50,000 a year. But state government all too often fails to uphold the interests of these constituencies. As the Advocate’s Mark Ballard reports, faith communities and advocacy groups, led by Together Louisiana and the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, are trying to change that dynamic by boosting turnout at the polls by voters of color and voters whose incomes leave them struggling to get by:

Their goal is to increase participation of a large group of voters who historically have left the electoral decision-making to wealthier voters.