Bureau of Economic Analysis

May 7, 2018

The rush to adjournment

This morning marks the annual ritual when members of the public are invited to testify to the Senate Finance Committee about the state budget.

Number of the Day

3 percent - Amount that local school boards could charge teachers’ unions for collecting dues on their behalf, under legislation backed by business interests. The costs would likely be passed on to teachers. (Source: Will Sentell, The Advocate)
May 4, 2018

The case against predatory lending

Predatory payday lending proliferates in Louisiana. Hundreds of storefronts - mainly in low-income communities - offer short-term loans with triple-digit interest rates to cash-strapped consumers.

Number of the Day

2.2 - the percentage change in Louisiana’s real Gross State Product economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2017. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)