Daily Dime

September 22, 2020

Another special session cometh

After weeks of behind-the-scenes hand-wringing, the Legislature is calling itself into a sprawling, 30-day special session starting on Monday. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder said the focus will be on replenishing the state’s dwindling unemployment trust fund, Hurricane Laura disaster relief and ongoing issues with the pandemic.Read more...

September 21, 2020

Hard times for unemployed workers

The single biggest reason Louisiana’s economy hasn’t collapsed under the Covid-19 recession is the extra federal unemployment benefits helping jobless people pay the bills and keep the lights on. From March through July, workers were getting an extra $600 per week, which fell to $300 per week starting in August.Read more...

September 18, 2020

A rich-poor divide in pre-pandemic Louisiana

New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week paints a discouraging picture for the Pelican State. In 2019 and before the Covid-19 health and economic crisis took hold, poverty remained stubbornly high at 19% and median income rose modestly to $51,073 from the year before.Read more...

September 18, 2020

A rich-poor divide in pre-pandemic Louisiana

New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week paints a discouraging picture for the Pelican State. In 2019 and before the Covid-19 health and economic crisis took hold, poverty remained stubbornly high at 19% and median income rose modestly to $51,073 from the year before.Read more...