Louisiana Budget Project

Despite  the administration's efforts to keep the lid on the simmering story of the state’s budget anguish through election season, some of the details are boiling over.

“Whoever ends up becoming the next governor’s going to have a mess to clean up,” says Steve Spires, policy analyst with the Louisiana Budget Project. He adds that healthcare is one of the biggest messes.

As we look ahead to deciding on the next governor of Louisiana, we’ve been also looking back, taking a cue from Huey Long, known for the “Share our Wealth” plan under the motto, “Every Man a King”.

Jan Moller with the Louisiana Budget Project points out that every issue that plagues the state – and the reason we end up on the bottom of so many “good” lists – can be traced back to Louisiana’s ranking as the third poorest state in the nation.

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.

  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?

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?

Not always, according to David Gray with the Louisiana Budget Project.

Louisiana Budget Project

A recent study by the Louisiana Budget Project gives a snapshot of the state’s economy from the perspective of the workers themselves.