Daily Dime

January 15, 2021

Thinking clearly about Louisiana tax policy

The Louisiana Legislature won’t convene for its regular session until April, when tax policy and Covid-19 recovery will top the agenda. But debates are already underway about the best way to restructure Louisiana’s revenue system. With the pandemic and the economic crisis hitting communities of color particularly hard, equitable tax reform is critically important.… Read more...

January 14, 2021

Biden will push for child credit

Joe Biden’s first priority after assuming the presidency next week will be a Covid-19 relief bill, which is expected to cost at least $1 trillion. The Washington Post’s Jeff Stein and Erica Werner report that the plan will call for a significant new benefit for low- and middle-income families with children, aimed at reducing America’s shamefully high rates of child poverty. … Read more...

January 13, 2021

White supremacy and the Capitol insurrection

The horrifying insurrection in the U.S. Capitol was more than an affront to our democracy. It was white America clinging to white supremacy. Lucas Spielfogel, executive director of the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition, discusses this reality in a letter to The Advocate

Underlying the U.S.

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January 12, 2021

America needs more relief

The bipartisan Covid-19 relief bill passed in December provides substantial, urgently needed relief for struggling people. But the December bill only provides enough relief to get families – and the economy – through the next few months. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Chad Stone explains how a troubling December jobs report is more proof that Congress will need to pass additional relief and stimulus measures – like fiscal relief to states – for America to fully recover from the pandemic-induced recession. … Read more...