Monty Sullivan

October 17, 2019

Robots are changing the world

Louisiana is the second-most vulnerable state to the loss of jobs to robotics, according to a new report from Oxford Economics. However, the Bayou state isn’t alone in the future displacement of workers by automations, as an estimated 20 million manufacturing jobs (8.5% of the global manufacturing workforce) could be displaced by industrial robots by 2030. Read more...

October 9, 2017

Training tomorrow’s workers

Louisiana is very generous when it comes to providing college scholarships to traditional students who pursue four-year degrees directly from high school. But it is considerably less generous for everyone else - especially non-traditional students, people from low-income backgrounds and students seeking two-year associate degrees or skills training.

Number of the Day

$723.67 - Average weekly wages for production and “non-supervisory” workers in 2016 - which is 2 percent lower than in 1972, in inflation-adjusted dollars. (Source: EPI via The New York Times)
September 12, 2017

Middle-class incomes at record high

U.S. Census Bureau data released this morning suggest that the long national economic recovery that began in 2009 after the Great Recession has finally taken root for many middle-income American families.

Number of the Day

10.3- Percentage of Louisianans without health insurance coverage, the lowest uninsured rate in the state’s history. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)
April 17, 2017

So, what’s the plan?

A couple of things are clear as the Legislature begins its second week: First, Republicans in the House (who hold the key to any tax reform deal) are unhappy with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ plan to cut taxes for 95 percent of Louisiana households and make corporations pay more to fund state government. And second, those same House Republicans are nowhere close to coming up with a plan for solving the $1.4 billion fiscal “cliff” that will come when a slew of temporary taxes expire on July 1, 2018.

Number of the Day

$58.7 million - Estimated cost to Louisiana - over five years - of eliminating the state sales tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products, which is proposed in Senate Bill 24 by Sen. J.P. Morrell of New Orleans (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)