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Louisiana is one of five states in the nation that doesn’t have a minimum wage law of its own. Instead, it sets the same rate as the federal government, $7.25 an hour. That rate hasn’t changed since 2009. And while democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has urged the Republican-controlled Legislature to set and raise the minimum wage in Louisiana, all efforts have failed. 

Talking Turkey About Minimum Wage

Nov 22, 2017
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Raising the minimum wage has been a consistent policy goal for Gov. John Bel Edwards. As he says, "Seven dollars and a quarter is not a meaningful wage."

 

And Jeannie Donovan with the Louisiana Budget Project says the federal $7.25 per-hour minimum is keeping Louisiana Residents in poverty.

 

Working in Louisiana: Who Profits?

Sep 8, 2017
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“Our state economy is growing, but those benefits are not accruing to workers.”

That’s the conclusion of the 3rd biennial report on “The State of Working Louisiana”, issued by the Louisiana Budget Project Thursday. 

Mandated Coverage Complaints Not Going Away

Jul 31, 2017
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“It’s not a loss for the Republican Party – it’s a loss for the American people. But I intend to keep my promise to the people of Louisiana, to get rid of Obamacare,” U.S. Senator John Kennedy said, right after the so-called “skinny repeal” failed late last week. 


Tax Reform and Income Inequality

Dec 21, 2016
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Yesterday, we heard about tax reform from state Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson, who says, “We want every taxpayer treated fairly. We don’t want a particular group to feel that they are paying more taxes than other people.”

Today we talk with Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, who says the tax reform report is a good start.


Budget Troubles Overflow Before Runoff

Nov 5, 2015

Despite  the administration's efforts to keep the lid on the simmering story of the state’s budget anguish through election season, some of the details are boiling over.

“Whoever ends up becoming the next governor’s going to have a mess to clean up,” says Steve Spires, policy analyst with the Louisiana Budget Project. He adds that healthcare is one of the biggest messes.

Will Governor Candidates "Share Our Wealth"?

Oct 8, 2015

As we look ahead to deciding on the next governor of Louisiana, we’ve been also looking back, taking a cue from Huey Long, known for the “Share our Wealth” plan under the motto, “Every Man a King”.

Jan Moller with the Louisiana Budget Project points out that every issue that plagues the state – and the reason we end up on the bottom of so many “good” lists – can be traced back to Louisiana’s ranking as the third poorest state in the nation.


Committee Says No to Higher Minimum Wage

Apr 11, 2014

The House Labor Committee heard and rejected several bills Thursday, aimed at setting a state minimum wage higher than the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.

Payday Lending: 3 Million Louisiana Loans

Apr 7, 2014

  You live on a limited income, paycheck to paycheck. Now your next paycheck is in jeopardy, because your car won’t start. What to do?

There’s that payday lending store around the corner, so you go take out a loan and buy a new battery for your car. You give the lender a post-dated check for the amount of the loan, plus interest and fees. The lender cashes your check after you get paid. Done deal, right?

Not always, according to David Gray with the Louisiana Budget Project.

Report: Wages Stagnant, Unemployment on the Rise in La.

Sep 9, 2013
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A recent study by the Louisiana Budget Project gives a snapshot of the state’s economy from the perspective of the workers themselves.

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