Dennis Kalob, economic policy specialist of the Jesuit Social Research Institute of Loyola University New Orleans, speaks during a Nov. 21, 2019, news conference. Kalob said the five states of the Gulf South rank near the bottom of the "JustSouth Index" measuring poverty, racial disparity and immigrant exclusion. The report calls for raising the federal minimum wage and increasing access to health care. (CNS/Clarion Herald/Peter Finney Jr.)