Economic Justice

Marathon Petroleum, accused of fraudulently seeking tax exemption, granted contingent tax break

BY: - February 24, 2021

Three months after it was accused of falsifying records in an attempt to get a property tax exemption from the Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry, Marathon Petroleum was awarded that tax break Monday after a state official testified that it is commonplace for industries to “amend” their requests after originally submitted. The commerce board […]

Biden backs reparations study, as House Dems push for commission

BY: - February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON—The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration by the House […]

A third of Louisiana workers would benefit from $15 minimum wage increase, report says

BY: - February 16, 2021

About a third of Louisiana’s workers would benefit from a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute. The report said 695,000 workers in Louisiana could see their wages increase by an average of at least $4,500 — an additional $3.3 billion in wages for the state’s […]

Proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage would boost paychecks in the South

BY: - February 15, 2021

WASHINGTON—A gradual increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would increase the pay of low-income workers across the U.S. but particularly in much of the South, researchers and experts predict. Florida recently voted to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026, but the Sunshine State is an outlier. Georgia, […]

Louisiana rental assistance program to launch ‘shortly,’ state housing group says

BY: - February 9, 2021

The COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress at the end of 2020 extended rental assistance to people struggling to stay in their homes during the economic crisis and allocated $309 million to Louisiana, but none of it has yet reached struggling renters and property owners. The money will be distributed by the Louisiana Housing Corporation, […]

Outlook for $15-an-hour minimum wage boosted by new government report

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON—The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office in a report Monday found a gradual increase to a $15 federal minimum wage by 2025 would reduce poverty, add $54 billion to the deficit over a decade and increase pay for millions of low-income workers. The report could help Democrats make a strong case for including a gradual federal […]

Louisianans encouraged to check unclaimed assets on National Unclaimed Property Day

BY: - February 1, 2021

Monday is National Unclaimed Property Day, where citizens are encouraged to check if they are owed any unclaimed property from the state. Unclaimed property “consists of abandoned financial assets such as checking and savings accounts, unpaid wages, securities, life insurance payouts, uncashed checks,” etc. Starting July 1 in Louisiana, those assets will be placed in […]

‘All disasters increase inequity’: A year after the pandemic hit the U.S., the poor are even poorer

BY: and - February 1, 2021

Coinciding with the Jan. 21 anniversary of the novel coronavirus’ appearance on U.S. soil, the National Conference on Citizenship,  a nonprofit chartered by the U.S. Congress to gather data to address and propose solutions to public problems, released its latest installment of Pandemic to Prosperity, a series of reports that illustrate how vulnerable communities — […]

Shintech plastic manufacturing expansion ‘very disappointing,’ environmentalist says

BY: - January 26, 2021

Shintech Louisiana LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of a widely produced synthetic plastic polymer called PVC, will invest $1.3 billion to expand manufacturing and packaging facilities in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office announced Tuesday. To secure the project, the State of Louisiana offered the corporation an incentive package that […]

Paper company invests $52 million into improving Bogalusa paper mill

BY: - January 22, 2021

International Paper will invest up to $52.2 million to modernize the paper mill in Bogalusa, a manufacturing mainstay of Washington Parish for more than a century. While state officials praised the company for the investment, an organizer with Together Louisiana, a statewide network of congregations and civic organizations, said corporate moves that involve huge tax […]

Rental assistance in COVID-19 relief package ‘about a third of what Louisiana actually needs,’ says housing advocacy group

BY: - January 11, 2021

The COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress at the end of 2020 extended rental assistance to people struggling to stay in their homes during the economic crisis, but Louisiana housing advocates say the $309 million allocated to Louisiana is not nearly enough to meet  Louisiana’s immense need. “I think the amount that is allocated to […]

Attorneys general demand Army Corps review Formosa facility

Judge dismisses Formosa Plastics lawsuit, but permit remains suspended

BY: - January 5, 2021

A federal court in Washington D.C. on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a wetlands permit for a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics facility in St. James Parish; however, the lawsuit had already accomplished one of its primary goals. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended Formosa’s permit in November, and the permit remains suspended as the […]