Troy Carter

May 2, 2019

215,000 Louisiana workers would get a raise from $9 minimum wage

BATON ROUGE – More than 1 in 10 Louisiana workers would get a pay raise if Louisiana adopted a $9 per hour minimum wage, according to new data from the Economic Policy Institute. The average pay raise for a worker directly affected by a wage hike is $1,400 – money that would go directly back to local communities in the form of consumer spending.Read more...

April 30, 2018

Stigmatizing the poor through Medicaid

In a small surprise, the state Legislature has backed off its attempts to force Medicaid recipients to have jobs in exchange for receiving health coverage, and to pay co-pays anytime they see a doctor - both of which were major issues earlier this year in a special session. But that doesn’t mean lawmakers have given up on harassing low-income people who need health care.

Number of the Day

73 - Percentage of state prison guards who quit within their first year on the job. Gov. John Bel Edwards wants $7 million included in next year’s budget for a salary hike in an attempt to reduce the attrition (Source: The Associated Press)
April 9, 2018

Senate starts its budget review

While House leaders try to put together their version of the state budget, the state Senate got an early start on its own deliberations with a rare Sunday meeting of the Finance Committee.

Number of the Day

64 - Percentage of the $1.6 billion budget shortfall that is due to the expiration of temporary taxes on June 30. The remaining 36 percent is due to other factors such as inflation, school enrollment and other budget factors (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)
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...