Economic Opportunity

July 9, 2019

Look north, not west, for a path to better child outcomes

Louisiana policymakers often look to Texas for solutions to chronic problems. But as LBP policy analyst Neva Butkus explains in a new blog, when it comes to removing barriers that keep children from reaching their full potential, a better template comes from Arkansas.… Read more...

June 13, 2019

LBP 2019 Legislative Wrap-Up Report

BATON ROUGE – A new report from the Louisiana Budget Project outlines the highlights and lowlights of the 2019 Legislature, including key issues and bills that LBP focused on during the two-month session. The report, A Return to Normalcy, focuses on key areas related to tax and budget, education, economic opportunity and the protection of basic necessities.Read more...

May 14, 2019

Building a paid leave program for Louisiana

Every worker in Louisiana can face life events that must take priority over work, be it a traumatic event such as illness or a happy event like a birth or adoption. But the United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without paid leave policies that allow workers to weather the economic hardship of missing work.

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May 2, 2019

215,000 Louisiana workers would get a raise from $9 minimum wage

BATON ROUGE – More than 1 in 10 Louisiana workers would get a pay raise if Louisiana adopted a $9 per hour minimum wage, according to new data from the Economic Policy Institute. The average pay raise for a worker directly affected by a wage hike is $1,400 – money that would go directly back to local communities in the form of consumer spending.Read more...