Arizona’s controversial immigration law is coming to Louisiana, at least if Rep. Ernest Wooton’s (I – Belle Chasse) “Louisiana Citizens Protection Act” passes. The bill specifically targets people who hire day laborers off the streets,.
New Orleans Annual Operating Budget indicates that the city government has increased its reliance on revenue from red light and speed cameras to cover holes in the operating budget. Revenue from red light cameras, for example, has increased from $3.4 million in 2008 to an projected $18 million in 2011, an increase of 419 percent.
Rep. Norton has reintroduced the Equal Pay for Women Act, which would give the state power to correct and eliminate discriminatory wage practices based on sex for “comparable” work. However, various academics claim that the the male-female wage gap has little to do with discrimination, and more so with job preferences.
Although the Obama Administration claims the U.S. is in an economic recovery, evidenced by a fall in the official unemployment rate, the employment-to-population ratio, is now lower than it was when the recession officially ended. Additionally, since 2009 the number of people who have been out of work for more than six months has increased 40 percent.
Academics are raising concerns over parallels between events leading up to the housing crisis and the current state of the higher education system. Concerns are over the costs of a college education rising as a result of lax lending standards and artificially low interest rates for government subsidized loans.
Today, Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel ‘Atlas Shrugged’ makes it’s big screen debut across the country, including showings in New Orleans.
Tulane University Peace Action Committee (TUPAC) hosted a panel, “Sodexo Workers Speak Out,” that offered a worker’s inside-view which questioned Sodexo’s standards and practices.
Louisiana’s high school dropout rate fell 31 percent from the 2008-09 school year to the 2009-10 year. However Louisiana’s four year high school graduation rate ranks 47th in the nation, at only 67 percent.
Governor Jindal’s plan to privatize three state prisons has received criticism from legislators who believe the move is shortsighted, while a study suggests that policies seeking to send more lawbreakers to prison is the cause of Louisiana’s overcrowding problem.
The Tax Foundation states that the 2011 Tax Freedom Day will fall on April 12th. However, if the federal government were to collect enough taxes to finance all of its spending – $1.48 trillion more in tax revenue – that would extend Tax Freedom day to May 23rd, the latest deficit-inclusive Tax Freedom Day since World War II.