Daily Dime

November 16, 2022

Black Louisianans exposed to more industrial pollution

Majority-Black communities in Louisiana are exposed to far greater amounts of harmful pollution than their white counterparts, according to a new study from the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic. The study, which focused on the state’s petrochemical corridor along the Mississippi River known as “cancer alley,” also found that the Department of Environmental Quality, the state agency responsible for regulating pollution, was a driving force behind the disparity.… Read more...

November 15, 2022

A lame duck session Child Tax Credit

America saw an historic reduction in child poverty last year thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act, which gave millions of low-income families with kids a financial boost through the temporary expansion of the federal Child Tax Credit. Unfortunately, families lost this critical support when Congress failed to extend the credit last December.… Read more...

November 14, 2022

The importance of indexing the minimum wage

New York City became a national trailblazer when its minimum wage rose to $15 per hour four years ago. But the state lawmakers who approved that change failed to index the wage to the cost of living, and now the city’s minimum trails other metro areas where low-paid workers are getting automatic pay increases to make up for rising prices.… Read more...

November 11, 2022

The battle over school accountability

Louisiana’s top school board overwhelmingly turned back an attempt to toughen the requirement for schools to receive an “A” ranking on Thursday. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s 8-3 vote ended months of debate over new standards that were meant to address the disconnect between Louisiana students’ low performance on standardized tests and the high scores received by their high schools.… Read more...