Equal Pay

August 10, 2018

Who should pay for user fees?

Louisiana’s cash-strapped court system relies heavily on fines and fees imposed on defendants to make up for the lack of financial support from city and state government. These ‘user fees’ disproportionately affect low-income individuals, who too often end up in jail because of an inability to pay.

Number of the Day

$29,426 - Annual wage gap for a black woman employed full-time, year round in Louisiana compared to her white, male counterpart. (Source: National Partnership for Women & Families)
March 26, 2018

Women and children would benefit most from statewide minimum wage increase

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Women workers and their families have the most to gain from Sen. Troy Carter’s Senate Bill 162, which would raise the statewide minimum wage to $8.50 per hour by January 1, 2020. While 10.7 percent of all Louisiana workers would get a raise under the bill, more than 65 percent of workers that would benefit are women.Read more...

March 13, 2018

Will the Legislature pass a budget?

The Legislature’s most important task during its annual regular session is passing a budget. But many predict the Legislature won’t accomplish that task during the regular session this year, because doing so would require cutting more than $700 million, mostly from critical health and education programs.

Number of the Day

105,000 - Number of children in Louisiana whose parents would earn more if the Legislature increased the statewide minimum wage to $8.50. (Source: LBP analysis)
August 2, 2017

Bridging the partisan divide

With the failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care,  efforts are now underway in Congress to stabilize the individual health insurance marketplaces.

Number of the Day

71 -  Percent of Americans that would rather see Republicans in Congress work with Democrats to make improvements to the Affordable Care Act instead of repealing the law. (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)