Economic Justice

COMMENTARY

Commentary: Poverty got worse in 2020 as many low-wage workers took the brunt of the economic blows

BY: - September 17, 2021

By Elena Delavega, University of Memphis Poverty in the U.S. increased in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic hammered the economy and unemployment soared. Those at the bottom of the economic ladder were hit hardest, new figures confirm, suggesting that the recession may have widened the gap between the rich and the poor. The share of […]

COMMENTARY

Everything we know about work is wrong. The pandemic proved it.

BY: - September 7, 2021

So what can the plight of a little cafe tell you about the state of the American economy and the changing face of work? A lot, as it turns out. The other week, the bistro where my family and I have been grabbing brunch every Sunday since the start of the pandemic announced that it […]

‘We’ve worked out all the kinks,’ Louisiana rental assistance program official says

BY: - August 6, 2021

Even though just a fraction of federal COVID-19 rental assistance money the state received has been disbursed to struggling Louisiana renters, Division of Administration Assistant Commissioner of Administration Desiree Honore Thomas said Thursday that she expects payments to go out sooner from here on out. “We’ve worked out all the kinks,” Thomas said by phone. […]

Black women with children excluded from federal cash assistance program, report finds

BY: - August 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — A new research paper reviewed how each state implemented a federal program that has provided cash assistance to low income families over the last 25 years—and found that Black women with children repeatedly were excluded. On a call with reporters Wednesday, policy experts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlined how […]

Aggressive policing has Lafayette panhandlers caught in a cycle of jail and homelessness

BY: and - August 4, 2021

Anthony Wayne Willis sat in a cell at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for 48 days, leaving July 12 and returning to the street. His last known address was the shuttered Salvation Army shelter. And before that, the Desiard Street Shelter in Monroe. Willis is well-known to Lafayette Police. Over a period of seven months, […]

Feds order new eviction ban in counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates

BY: and - August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a new, narrower moratorium on evictions through Oct. 3, which would protect struggling renters in areas of the U.S. that have been hit hardest by soaring COVID-19 infection rates. The targeted eviction ban comes days after a federal moratorium in place since September expired on Saturday. The […]

Rep. Troy Carter, Louisiana housing advocates ask Gov. John Bel Edwards to block evictions

BY: - August 3, 2021

Louisiana has 267,943 people behind on their housing payments, U.S. Rep. Troy Carter (D-New Orleans) wrote in a letter to fellow Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards, Monday.  Carter, who said the number of Louisianians who are behind is the most in the country, said in his letter to Edwards, “While I will continue fighting in […]

Housing advocates hoping for last-minute eviction moratorium extension before expiring this weekend

BY: - July 30, 2021

The Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness & Housing is “waiting with hopeful anticipation” to see if the CDC’s moratorium on evictions — which is set to expire Saturday — will get a last-minute extension to protect renters and homeowners who are behind on rental payments, Leigh Rachel, executive director of the Acadiana Regional Coalition on […]

‘Our democracy is in peril’: Women risk arrest in voting rights protest in D.C.

BY: - July 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—Diane Howard of Cleveland traveled to the nation’s capital with hundreds of other women to urge Congress to pass an elections overhaul and undo new state laws that restrict voting access. A community activist for half a century, Howard said that this is not the first time she’s seen voting rights under attack. “What we […]

Small percentage of unemployment payments went to dead people

Fraction of La. unemployment payments went to dead people, audit finds

BY: - June 21, 2021

The Louisiana Workforce Commission distributed just over one one-hundredth of its total unemployment payments to people who were dead during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, who noted that the vast majority of these mistaken payments were unpreventable and largely the result of bad timing. According to a report released last week, […]

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

Louisiana’s tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact triggers for future tax cuts

BY: - June 1, 2021

A tax reform package that has already cleared the Louisiana House advanced out of the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee Monday proposing to reduce individual income tax rates while repealing deductions for federal taxes paid and enacting triggers for future tax cuts. House Bill 278, co-authored by Sen. Bret Allain and Rep. Stuart Bishop, […]

Tax-swap package now left to Louisiana voters

House passes bill that would hide corporate tax break data from the public

BY: - May 24, 2021

House lawmakers on Thursday voted 59-38 for a bill that would change the public records law to allow the state economic development agency to hide certain corporate tax incentive records from the public.  House Bill 456, sponsored by Rep. Rick Edmonds (R-Baton Rouge), proposes to make an exception to Louisiana’s public records law for certain […]