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Louisiana’s Working Poor (2016)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-06-24

Duration: 00:07:57

Subjects: Poverty | Working poor | MINIMUM WAGE | Economy | Small business


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Taylor, Larose Interviewee
  • Berthelot, Sarah Interviewee
  • Moller, Jan Interviewee
  • Felder, Pat Interviewee


This segment from the June 24, 2016, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Kevin Gautreaux’s report on Louisiana’s working poor. He reports that 40% of Louisiana’s residents live below or just above the federal poverty line. He interviews: Larose Taylor, a single mother working two minimum wage jobs; Sarah Berthelot of the Louisiana Association of United Ways on their recent designation of the working poor as “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed”, or ALICE, in a recent report; Jan Moller of the Louisiana Budget Project on the need for the state to raise the minimum wage; and Pat Felder of Felder’s Collision Parts on the negative impact of increasing the minimum wage on small businesses. This report is a part of the Chasing the Dream Initiative. Host: Charlie Whinham