Economic Opportunity

May 28, 2018

The Impact of Louisiana’s Earned Income Tax Credit by State Senate District

Thousands of low and moderate-income households in each Louisiana state senate 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 improve earnings of working families across the state.Read more...

May 24, 2018

Louisiana leaders support a stronger EITC as part of revenue package

A diverse group of community and nonprofit leaders representing hundreds of thousands of ordinary Louisiana citizens is asking the Louisiana Legislature to strengthen the Earned Income Tax Credit as part of its revenue deliberations.

An open letter to the Legislature notes that renewing part of the “clean penny” of sales tax, which is necessary to avoid deep budget cuts, will hit low-income households the hardest.… Read more...

May 21, 2018

Bigger state Earned Income Tax Credits linked to healthier babies

As many as 196 babies in Louisiana a year could be saved from risky low birth weight births and the accompanying health risks, if state lawmakers increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), according to the findings of a recent study.Read more...

May 11, 2018

A Stronger EITC Can Offset Regressive Sales Tax

The threat of hospital closures, nursing home evictions and cuts to higher education has made it inevitable that the Legislature will soon convene for another special session devoted to revenue-raising. It’s become equally clear that the special session will be focused on a partial renewal of the temporary “clean penny” of sales tax.Read more...