State Choices to Promote Effective Parenting
- Extends Medicaid coverage for family planning to otherwise ineligible low-income women 2
Eligibility based on income up to 138% FPL, includes men and individuals younger than 19 years of age.
- Exempts single parents on TANF from work requirements until the youngest child reaches age 1 [FY 2015]3
- Reduces the TANF work requirement to 20 hours or less for single parents with children under age 6 [FY 2015]3
State Choices to Promote Family Economic Security
- Established a state minimum wage that meets or exceeds $9.10/hr and is indexed to inflation 4
No minimum wage required.
- Exempts single-parent families of three below the federal poverty level from personal income tax 5
- Offers a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit 6
3.5% of federal Earned Income Tax Credit.
- Offers a refundable state dependent care tax credit [FY 2015]7
Under Louisiana Child Care Tax Credit, the maximum refundable credit is $1050. Under Louisiana Child Care Expense Tax Credit, the maximum refundable credit is $2,100. Only care expenses for children aged 5 and under enrolled in child care programs rated two stars or higher on Louisiana's Quality Start rating system may be claimed for this credit. Under Louisiana Tax Credit for Certain Disabled Dependents, the maximum nonrefundable credit is $2,100. Eligible filers can claim all three of the Louisiana credits.
- Keeps copayments for child care subsidies below 10% of family income for families of three at 150% FPL 8
- Offers exemptions and/or extensions of the TANF benefit time limit for women who are pregnant or caring for a child under age 6 [FY 2015]3
- Has paid family leave for a minimum of 6 weeks with partial replacement of wages 9
Data Notes and Sources
Last Updated: May 13, 2015
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- National data were calculated from the 2011 American Community Survey, representing information from 2011. State data were calculated from the 2009-2011 American Community Survey, representing information from the years 2009 to 2011.
- Guttmacher Institute. (2017). State Policies in Brief: Medicaid Family Planning Eligibility Expansions. New York, NY: Guttmacher Institute. https://www.guttmacher.org (accessed February 8, 2017).
- Cohen, E., Minton, S., Thompson, M., Crowe, E., & Giannarelli, L. (2016). Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2015. OPRE Report 2016-67. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. https://www.acf.hhs.gov (accessed December 7, 2016).
- National Conference of State Legislatures. (2016). State minimum wages: 2016 minimum wages by state. Washington, DC: National Conference of State Legislatures. http://www.ncsl.org (accessed February 18, 2016).
- National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), 50-State Policy Tracker. (2014) 50-State Data, Income Tax Liability. http://nccp.org(accessed June 23, 2017).
- Williams, E. (2017). States Can Adopt or Expand Earned Income Tax Credits to Build a Stronger Future Economy: State Earned Income Tax Credits, 2016. Washington, DC: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. https://www.cbpp.org (accessed June 23, 2017).
- National Women's Law Center. 2016. State Child Care and Dependent Care, Tax Provisions, Tax Year 2015. Washington, DC: National Women's Law Center. https://nwlc.org (accessed December 6, 2016).
- Schulman, Karen; Blank, Helen. 2015. Building Blocks State Child Care Assistance Policies 2015. National Women's Law Center. http://www.nwlc.org (accessed November 11, 2015).
- National Conference of State Legislatures. (2016). State Family Medical Leave and Parental Leave Laws. Washington, DC: National Conference of State Legislatures. Http://www.ncsl.org (accessed November 28, 2016).