Together Baton Rouge

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)
February 15, 2018

Looking beyond the “temporary” sales tax

The “temporary” 1-cent increase in Louisiana’s state sales tax, approved by lawmakers in 2016, was supposed to serve as a bridge to structural tax reforms. But those reforms never came, as House leaders rejected the recommendations of its own task force and other reform advocates.

Number of the Day

$2 trillion - Projected annual federal deficit in 2027 as a result of President Donald Trump’s 2019 executive budget. (Source: The New York Times via Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget)
August 24, 2017

Cassidy-Graham bill would gut Medicaid

Sen. Bill Cassidy has said repeatedly that his latest health-care bill would “give power back to the states and back to patients.”

Number of the Day

3,835 -  Number of young immigrants in Louisiana who have been granted temporary legal status under  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). (Source: U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services)
August 21, 2017

Are colleges turning a corner?

It’s no secret that Louisiana’s colleges and universities often bore the biggest brunt of state budget cuts during the 2008 - 16 fiscal downturn.

Number of the Day

21 percent - Drop in the number of tenure-track professors in the University of Louisiana System schools from 2007 to 2015 - from 2,478 to 1,961 (Source: The Advocate)