In 2016, Louisiana Should Raise the Minimum Wage

If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that things have been getting more expensive (the notable exception, of course, being gasoline). If you live in New Orleans or another larger city, like I do, you may have found your rent going up over the past few years. For some of us, this is […]

Reflections on the Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

It’s time to talk about one of Louisiana’s bottom-ranking statistics: the pay disparity between men and women. You may already know that, on average in the US, women make 79% of what men make, but in Louisiana it’s much worse than that. In 2014, the median earnings for women in Louisiana were $31,586, compared to men […]

8/29/05—8/29/15: “Progress without equity is injustice”

The title of this post comes from KatrinaTruth.org, a project of the Advancement Project and Friends and Families of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children. Please visit their website for more information on racial equity and recovery efforts.  Just a few hours before the storm was expected to make landfall, my family packed up our cars with little more […]

Guest Post: Why Everyone Should Stand with Planned Parenthood and Reproductive Justice

Written by Karie Holton Over the past several weeks, Planned Parenthood has been hit with a series of attacks meant to expose and terrorize the organization and those who support it. The attacks range from attempted cyber infiltration that would result in the exposure of sensitive employee data to sting videos released by an anti-abortion […]

We’re tackling child poverty in 2015

Part of our mission at Louisiana Progress is to produce policies that promote economic opportunity for all Louisianians and to act as a policy and research hub for the progressive movement in our state. To that end, we work closely with other organizations throughout the state to offer best practice policies and technical assistance to […]

Guest Post: Open Letter to Louisiana State Senators on Equal Pay

Dear Senators, You have the chance today to take a stand for fairness and equality by voting for SB 219 (Murray). Women who make up almost half the workforce and close to 40% of the heads of households in this country are working at a terrible disadvantage in our state. Louisiana is not just at […]

Summer Hunger Among Students With Free and Reduced-Price Lunch

Child hunger is a major issue facing Louisiana, which ranks near the top in both child poverty and hunger and food insecurity. According to the Kid Counts Data Center, a project of the Annie F. Casey Foundation, 27% of all children in our state face food insecurity. As of June 2013, 413,000 low-income children in Louisiana […]

Dazed and confused: The absurdity of Louisiana’s marijuana criminalization laws

This legislative session, marijuana criminalization policy is up for major debate. A number of proposals have been put forth to either reduce the sentencing requirements for possession of marijuana or allow the public to decide if marijuana should remain criminalized. While there are numerous arguments to be made on both sides of the marijuana legalization […]

Another year, another fight to expand Medicaid

Three bills to expand Medicaid coverage in Louisiana will be heard by the legislature tomorrow.  This is one of the most important issues currently facing our state, particularly in light of our current budget crisis.  The fight is so important that our hospitals are now attempting to move legislators on the issue.  The plan was outlined […]