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The Daily Dime is a summary of the day's news stories related to the state budget and issues that affect low- and middle-income individuals and families, compiled every business day by Louisiana Budget Project staff. Click here to have the Daily Dime delivered to your inbox.

SNAP flexibility is good for Louisiana

Posted on February 8, 2019

A new change in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) proposed by the Trump Administration will curtail Louisiana’s ability to address the nutrition needs of childless adults in areas of high unemployment and high poverty. The flexibility that currently exists under SNAP allows states to ensure all adults have access to food, especially in regions that are not benefitting from the current economy.Read more...

A win for predatory lenders

Posted on February 7, 2019

Exorbitant fees from payday and car title loans drain more than $241,000,000 each year from Louisiana citizens, most of whom have low incomes. And our state is far from alone in its number of low-income residents driven into lasting, insurmountable debt by what the payday loan industry bills as a quick fix to a short term problem.Read more...

Fact-checking the SOTU

Posted on February 6, 2019

President Donald Trump used his State of the Union speech to issue a call for national unity while drawing sharp partisan lines on immigration and the slew of federal investigations into his administration and businesses. The Associated Press fact checked the address:

SNAP benefits
TRUMP, describing progress over the last two years: “Nearly 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps.”

THE FACTS: The number of people receiving food stamps actually hasn’t declined that much.


The impact of a $15 minimum wage

Posted on February 5, 2019

Approximately 37.5 percent of all workers (745,000) and 86.6 of workers living below the poverty line (159,000) in Louisiana would get a pay raise if the federal minimum wage were raised to $15 an hour by 2024, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute.Read more...

Who should control ITEP?

Posted on February 4, 2019

The business lobby has been in a tizzy since the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted Jan. 17 to deny property tax breaks sought by ExxonMobil Corp. for two projects that were already completed. While petrochemical corporations and their lobbyists weren’t thrilled when Gov.Read more...

New Orleans tourism workers are underpaid

Posted on February 1, 2019

New Orleans is known for its tourism, but a new report by Robert Habans and Allison Plyer of the Data Center shows that the majority of the 30,000 people employed in this vital industry work in low-paying jobs. Times Picayune looked at the wages for the most common hotel and restaurant jobs and found that an overwhelming majority of workers in those industries make less than $15 per hour.Read more...

Louisiana families aren’t prospering

Posted on January 31, 2019

The American economy is booming by some metrics. But millions of families lack the economic stability to withstand a future downturn, and nowhere is this problem more prevalent than in Louisiana. The Pelican State ranks 51st – behind every other state and the District of Columbia – on an index of economic well-being developed by Prosperity Now that takes into accounts the racial disparities in outcomes.Read more...

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