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How Louisiana’s Occupational Licensing Requirements Reduce Opportunity and Prosperity
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How Louisiana’s Occupational Licensing Requirements Reduce Opportunity and Prosperity

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The burden of attaining an occupational license makes it harder for job seekers to enter the workplace. This results in fewer workers, and thus fewer options for consumers, which is the perfect environment for prices to rise.

Record 47 Million Americans Now Receive Food Stamps
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Record 47 Million Americans Now Receive Food Stamps

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Although food stamp participation rates typically increase during a recession, a new study demonstrates that the rate of growth between 2008 and 2012 is unique.

One in Five Louisianans Live Below The Poverty Line
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One in Five Louisianans Live Below The Poverty Line

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21.6 percent of Louisianans are living in poverty, the second highest in the country, while the average household income has decreased 13% since 2009.

Clean Sweep for Prison Reforms, But as Weakened Versions
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Clean Sweep for Prison Reforms, But as Weakened Versions

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While all five of the proposals out of the Sentencing Commission passed, the most controversial received amendments to water them down. Dana Kaplan (pictured) of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana spoke with The Pelican Post and assessed what the outcome means for Louisiana.

Forty Year War on Drugs Incites New Orleanians to Protest
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Forty Year War on Drugs Incites New Orleanians to Protest

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With festive music and diverse protestors, Women with a Vision led a peaceful march against what the organization describes as a trillion dollar “abject failure”—the now forty-year-old war on drugs.