Louisiana Budget Project http://wrkf.org en Committee Says No to Higher Minimum Wage http://wrkf.org/post/committee-says-no-higher-minimum-wage-0 <p>The House Labor Committee heard and rejected several bills Thursday, aimed at setting a state minimum wage higher than the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 25043 at http://wrkf.org Committee Says No to Higher Minimum Wage Payday Lending: 3 Million Louisiana Loans http://wrkf.org/post/payday-lending-3-million-louisiana-loans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>You live on a limited income, paycheck to paycheck. Now your next paycheck is in jeopardy, because your car won’t start. What to do?</p><p>There’s that payday lending store around the corner, so you go take out a loan and buy a new battery for your car. You give the lender a post-dated check for the amount of the loan, plus interest and fees. The lender cashes your check after you get paid. Done deal, right?</p><p>Not always, according to David Gray with the Louisiana Budget Project.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24814 at http://wrkf.org Payday Lending: 3 Million Louisiana Loans Report: Wages Stagnant, Unemployment on the Rise in La. http://wrkf.org/post/report-wages-stagnant-unemployment-rise-la <p>A recent study by the <a href="http://www.labudget.org/lbp/">Louisiana Budget Project</a> gives a snapshot of the state’s economy from the perspective of the workers themselves.</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 15825 at http://wrkf.org Report: Wages Stagnant, Unemployment on the Rise in La. Study Says Louisiana Faces Stagnant Wages, Rising Unemployment http://wrkf.org/post/study-says-louisiana-faces-stagnant-wages-rising-unemployment <p>A <a href="http://www.labudget.org/lbp/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SOWL.pdf?utm_source=State+of+Working+Louisiana&amp;utm_campaign=State+of+Working+Louisiana&amp;utm_medium=email">report</a> released Thursday by the Louisiana Budget Project says although worker productivity in the state is at an all-time high, wages remain stagnant and unemployment is on the rise.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:32:28 +0000 Ashley Westerman 15434 at http://wrkf.org Louisiana Ranks 6th for Income Inequality http://wrkf.org/post/louisiana-ranks-6th-income-inequality <p>The gap between rich and poor in Louisiana is continuing to grow steadily, according to an analysis of the latest Census figures.</p><p>In the Bayou state, the top 20 percent made 9 times more than the bottom 20 percent in 2010. Based on that measure, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute rank Louisiana as the sixth worst state for income inequality. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:48:29 +0000 Lisa Lovello 2297 at http://wrkf.org