Economic Opportunity

April 15, 2019

Celebrate the EITC on Tax Day

Taxes pay for the roads we drive on and the police who protect us. They support the teachers in our public schools and our soldiers overseas. They make sure doctors and hospitals have the resources to care for the most vulnerable, and (for now) that the food we eat has been inspected.Read more...

September 13, 2018

RELEASE: Poverty and income inequality continue to plague Louisiana

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana continues to struggle with unacceptably high rates of poverty and income inequality. New U.S. Census Bureau data also reveal deep racial and regional disparities, proof that economic barriers are holding back far too many Louisianans from reaching their full potential.Read more...

September 13, 2018

Poverty data should be wake-up call for Louisiana

While the national economy continues to gain momentum, far too many families in Louisiana continue to be left behind. Data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau show that poverty and economic inequality remain stubbornly high across the state.
May 29, 2018

The impact of Louisiana’s Earned Income Tax Credit by State House District

Thousands of low and moderate-income households in each Louisiana state house district benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Currently, Louisiana has one of the lowest state EITCs in the country at 3.5 percent of the federal EITC. A modest increase in the state EITC would help to offset a partial sales tax renewal and increase the earnings of working families across the state.Read more...