Rick Ward

May 10, 2018

Payday lending expansion halted

The House Commerce Committee on Wednesday rejected a push by the national payday lending industry to expand its Louisiana operations and make the debt trap deeper and longer for vulnerable borrowers. Witnesses testified to the harms payday lending already subjects Louisiana families to, as well as the availability of much cheaper and less harmful alternatives.

Number of the Day

37,000 - Number of senior citizens and individuals with developmental disabilities who receive care in a nursing home, in other long-term care facilities and through waivers for community-based services set to receive a notice from Louisiana Department of Health that they may lose Medicaid coverage under the budget as currently crafted by the legislature. (Source: Louisiana Department of Health)
April 10, 2018

Bill would expand predatory lending

National payday lending corporations are going around the country peddling legislation that would expand their predatory industry in the states, and Louisiana is the latest target.

Number of the Day

18,041 - Number of individuals who are slated to lose mental health services under the current version of the state budget. (Source: House Fiscal Division)
February 6, 2018

Senators call for special session

While state House leaders continue to struggle for consensus on how to deal with the state’s fiscal cliff, a bipartisan group of state senators is urging Gov. John Bel Edwards to move forward with a post-Mardi Gras special session.

Number of the Day

68 percent - The percentage of black students at LSU in 2017 who reported experiencing discomfort on campus due to comments about their race. (Source: LSU Campus Climate Survey via The Advocate)