Bill Cassidy

December 6, 2018

Minimum wage doesn’t cover the rent

A worker in Louisiana earning the minimum wage would have to work 76 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental home, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  Louisiana does not have a state minimum wage and relies on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009 and has lost 12.9 percent of its purchasing power since that time. The report also paints a grim picture for affordable housing across the nation.

Number of the Day

$717 - Monthly “fair market” rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Louisiana. A worker would need to make $14.07 per hour to make that affordable - which would require 76 hours per week of work at the $7.25 federal minimum wage (Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition)
August 17, 2018

The kids are alright

Louisianans who follow such things are used to a slew of depressing statistics about poverty, crime, low educational attainment and other maladies that affect our children.

Number of the Day

42.7 percent - The percentage of Louisiana’s total state revenue in FY 2016 that came from the federal government, the state’s largest source of revenue. (Source: Pew Trusts)
June 27, 2018

Senate farm bill would keep families from going hungry

Congress is debating a comprehensive farm bill this summer, and the competing versions offered by the House and Senate could not be more different. The Senate bill, which faces a vote on the floor this week, would protect and enhance federal agriculture and nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that helps ensure that low-income families have enough food to eat each month.Read more...

June 21, 2018

Showdown in the House

Two-plus years of debates, multiple studies and three special sessions now come down to this: The Louisiana House will take up three revenue-raising bills today, each one renewing a different fraction of the temporary “clean penny” of sales tax that expires on June 30.

Number of the Day

$11 million - Remaining cut to local sheriffs’ funding for housing state prisoners, in budget plan passed by House Appropriations on Wednesday. (Source: Nola.com/TimesPicayune)