Press Releases

September 26, 2019

Poverty Drops (slightly) in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE – Fewer Louisiana adults and children were living in poverty in 2018 than the year before, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The most significant drop was among children of color, which dropped by 4 percentage points to 43%.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 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...

April 16, 2019

A paid leave program that works for Louisiana

BATON ROUGE – Most Louisiana workers do not have access to paid leave benefits that support them when they get sick, when they need to take time to care for an ailing family member or when they need time to bond with a new baby.Read more...