Daily Dime

October 13, 2020

Relief for business, but not for workers 

Louisiana legislators rejected a proposal on Monday that would have increased the maximum benefit for jobless workers by $100 per week. In turning away the measure by Rep. Royce Duplessis, members of the House Labor Committee cited concerns about the state’s bankrupt unemployment insurance trust fund.Read more...

October 12, 2020

Going backwards on children’s health coverage

In 2019, the United States and Louisiana continued a disturbing trend: a steady increase in the number and share of children without health insurance. For Louisiana, this trend resulted in a child uninsured rate of 4.4% in 2019, leaving more than 50,000 kids without coverage.Read more...

October 9, 2020

The case for raising unemployment benefits

Gov. John Bel Edwards and legislative leaders have been focused on ways to limit the tax increases on businesses triggered by this week’s bankruptcy of the state unemployment insurance trust fund. But little attention has been paid to the ways unemployment benefits affect displaced workers.Read more...

October 8, 2020

The critical importance of voting

Voting by mail is already underway in the Nov. 3 elections, and early in-person voting begins next week. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who was born in Baker and served as a U.S. ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, reflects in a guest column for Nola.comRead more...