Economic Justice

Bill passes offering $48 million in tax breaks to oil and...

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would give an estimated $48 million in tax exemptions to the oil and gas industry. House Bill...

House labor committee rejects bill that would punish misclassification of employees

House lawmakers on Thursday rejected a bill designed to prevent businesses from skirting state taxes by fraudulently misclassifying employees as independent contractors. House Bill 34,...

Louisiana lawmakers push COVID-19 relief for businesses, but not workers

Louisiana lawmakers approved several bills Monday (Oct. 12) that would provide relief to businesses in light of the state’s unprecedented, pandemic-related unemployment rate, but...

Louisiana governor, Legislature want to avoid unemployment program changes

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana’s legislative leadership are looking for ways to avoid the consequences of draining the state’s unemployment trust fund, which...

Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ highlighted at congressional forum as an example of...

WASHINGTON —Louisiana activists are calling on Congress to bolster environmental justice protections at the federal level, in advance of a key vote in Congress...

Lake Charles tenants get temporary restraining order blocking their evictions

When 22-year-old Tyneesha Johnson evacuated her Lake Charles apartment when Hurricane Laura struck last month, she didn’t expect to not be able to return...

Louisiana unemployment trust fund almost out of cash

With Congress unable to come together on a bipartisan coronavirus relief package, Louisiana has almost no money left to pay unemployment claims to residents....

Unemployed workers continue to demand congressional action

Orville Lowery, 69,  a self-described “country boy from Arkansas” is no stranger to protest and activism. In the 1960s, he protested against segregation and...

After Trump’s eviction moratorium order, Louisiana housing advocates express cautious optimism

A day after President Donald Trump’s administration announced a moratorium on evictions for the rest of the year, housing advocates in Louisiana expressed cautious...

White House orders suspension of evictions to halt spread of COVID-19

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it would temporarily halt residential evictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin...

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