Charles Lussier

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)
November 8, 2017

Health care fits and starts

While President Donald Trump’s administration pursues one administrative action that would make it harder for some people to access Medicaid along with another that would threaten essential health benefits, people around the country are voicing support for the Affordable Care Act.

Number of the Day

3 million - Number of low-income immigrant children who would be denied the Child Tax Credit under the tax bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
September 6, 2017

The shameful DACA decision

Faith leaders, CEOs of major U.S. businesses and a strong majority of Americans disagree with President Donald Trump’s decision to end the federal program that allowed unauthorized immigrants brought to the United States as children the chance to live and work without the threat of deportation.

Number of the Day

$30 million - Amount of public funding Shreveport’s mayor, Ollie Tyler, is willing to put towards a new arena intended for the New Orleans Pelicans’ minor league team. (Source: Shreveport Times)