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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Louisiana and the Continuing Battle for Equal Pay

The issues of equal pay for women and specifically pay discrimination protections for women have been receiving increased national attention. April 14th of this year marked Equal Pay Day and sparked a nation-wide conversation about how we are failing women in our country. Decades of research have shown that when all factors are equalized, women […]

The Myth of the Unskilled Worker

Kacey L. Rodgers, MBA, is an Instructor of Economics at Northwestern State University.  Over the past several months, the nation has debated the merits of increasing the minimum wage. Part of this national conversation has been devoted to debunking myths about those who work for minimum wage. Despite this, one myth in particular persists – […]

Medicaid expansion in Louisiana

As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the eligibility of Medicaid was expanded to include nearly all-low income individuals with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level ($27,310 for a family of three). The Affordable Care Act was designed to have those with moderate incomes purchase insurance using tax credits through […]