Economic Opportunity

April 9, 2020

We want to hear from you!

The Louisiana Budget Project wants to know about the experiences of Louisiana workers who are trying to apply for unemployment insurance benefits to better inform our advocacy. Complete our survey.… Read more...

April 1, 2020

Unemployment insurance reforms will boost our economy and improve public health

As businesses shutter to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the United States has likely already entered a recession. New weekly unemployment insurance claims in Louisiana have already jumped from 2,225 claims to 72,620 claims in just a week. Congress has responded quickly, by approving emergency measures that provide aid to families, workers, businesses and state governments. Read more...

October 29, 2019

Questions for the candidates

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Gov. John Bel Edwards and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone will meet for their first – and likely only – head-to-head debate on Oct. 30 (Louisiana Public Broadcasting from 7-8 p.m.).Read more...

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...