Economic Justice

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

Tax reform legislation fails to win enough votes in the Louisiana House

BY: - May 19, 2021

A major tax reform measure that proposed new income tax rates and a repeal of the federal income tax deduction on individual state tax returns did not get enough votes in the Louisiana House Wednesday. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Stuart Bishop (R-Lafayette) said he will try again to pass it as soon as Thursday.. House […]

Tax reform proposal heads to La. voters

Louisiana bill takes lenient approach to employers who misclassify workers

BY: - May 17, 2021

The Louisiana House unanimously passed a bill Monday meant to discourage employers from misclassifying workers as independent contractors and, thus, depriving the state of taxes and the misclassified workers of protections that include overtime pay and workers compensation.  Sponsored by Rep. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, House Bill 705 proposes a $500 first-offense penalty for each individual […]

Gov. Edwards will likely approve early end to unemployment supplement

Legislation that slashes unemployment benefits by half gets support of Senate committee

BY: - May 6, 2021

A Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would cut unemployment benefits in Louisiana, leaving laid-off workers to collect about half the total amount they are eligible for under the current program in exchange for an extra $30 per week. Senate Bill 225, sponsored by Sen. Mike Reese, R-Leesville, proposes multiple formulas that tie an […]

Tax reform proposal heads to La. voters

AG Jeff Landry sues U.S. Treasury over Rescue Plan mandate

BY: - May 4, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Tuesday that he joined a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department, arguing against a provision in the American Rescue Plan Act that prohibits states from using federal pandemic relief money to cut taxes. Landry joined the lawsuit with two other Republican attorneys general from Mississippi and Texas. The filing […]

Centralized sales tax commission approved by lawmakers

Misclassification of workers bill would give businesses a pass on a first offense

BY: - April 27, 2021

A bill that would have immediately penalized employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors underwent major last-minute changes Monday and now proposes to waive the penalty if the employer corrects the situation.    The Louisiana Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs approved the substitute bill without debate. The bill that Sen. Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria, […]

Tax reform proposal heads to La. voters

House committee rejects proposed tax on millionaires

BY: - April 19, 2021

Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, sponsored legislation that would have required Louisiana’s millionaires to pay an additional 2% in state income taxes, but the House Ways and Means Committee rejected the millionaire tax proposal Monday, with all Democrats in favor and nearly all Republicans opposed. Louisiana currently has three tax brackets. At top are individuals […]

House passes qualified immunity bill

One bill would reform tax incentives while another would undo tax incentive reforms

BY: - April 15, 2021

Louisiana’s House Ways and Means Committee advanced a bill Thursday that would require a two-thirds vote of the legislature to enact any new tax incentives. However, a separate bill that threatens to remove the authority that local governments have over corporate property tax exemptions was proposed and ultimately deferred. House Bill 202, sponsored by Rep. […]

Unemployment bills compete for deep cuts or slow increases in benefits

BY: - April 7, 2021

State lawmakers will have at least two competing unemployment bills to consider that would change unemployment insurance in Louisiana, bringing either deep cuts or slow increases in benefits to out-of-work residents: House Bill 610 would increase unemployment benefits to rates in line with the rest of the country, while Senate Bill 225 would bring deep cuts […]

Acadiana’s hotel shelters wind down as COVID-19 and housing insecurity persist

BY: - April 2, 2021

This story was originally published by The Current, a nonprofit news organization serving Lafayette and southern Louisiana. Pillows are in short supply at the Lafayette warehouse operated by the Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing. But not pillowcases. Workers with ARCH have gathered and stocked home necessities for dozens of families delivered into stable housing […]

Hodges bill targeting immigrants

Denham Springs lawmaker writes bill targeting immigrants to ‘deter theft of our LA tax dollars’

BY: - March 25, 2021

State Rep. Valarie Hodges has introduced a bill targeting immigrants that could make it more difficult for Louisianans to claim dependents on their annual tax returns, particularly those of lower-income with children studying abroad. Present law allows taxpayers to claim a state individual income tax credit of 5 percent of the amount of the taxpayer’s federal […]

Latest COVID-19 relief bill provides help for those experiencing homelessness or struggling to pay rent

BY: - March 17, 2021

Louisiana is set to receive about an additional $244 million in rental assistance and over $70 million in homeless assistance from the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package President Biden signed into law last week. That funding should help many Louisianians stay in their home, “but only if it is efficiently and equitably administered at the […]

Louisiana’s low unemployment benefits leave residents choosing which bill to pay

BY: - March 10, 2021

Soon after the novel coronavirus was detected in Louisiana in March 2020, Dora Whitfield found herself in completely unfamiliar territory:  unemployed for the first time in 32 years. At The Buffet at Harrah’s — where she’d been working since 2001 — she was making $600-700 a week just in tips. When she filed for unemployment […]