Bureau of Labor Statistics

August 23, 2018

Louisiana teachers need a raise

A decade of stagnant pay has left teacher salaries in Louisiana below the Southern and national average, and could be one reason why it’s hard to find middle-school teachers who understand basic math

Number of the Day

$2.74: Amount Louisiana’s hourly minimum wage would need to rise to bring a family of three, headed by a single parent working full-time for minimum wage, up to the federal poverty line. (Source: Federal Poverty Guidelines)
April 26, 2018

Unanimous jury bill advances

Louisiana is one of just two states that do not require a jury to return a unanimous verdict to convict a defendant in all felony cases.

Number of the Day

40 - The percentage of trial convictions in Louisiana over the past six years that resulted from split jury verdicts. Source: The Advocate)
December 4, 2017

The terrible tax bill

The massive tax overhaul that cleared the U.S. Senate just before 2 a.m. EST Saturday - after just a few hours of cursory review - would add at least $1 trillion to federal budget deficits and represents a major shift of wealth from low and moderate-income working families to the most powerful people and corporations.

Number of the Day

65 - Days since funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired. More than 120,000 Louisiana children are enrolled in the program, which is scheduled to run out of money by February. (Source: Staff research)