Hopes for Compromise & Stability in Higher Education

The third special session of 2018 is about to begin. One thing that can be said is that lawmakers have been here before and they know the issues. Our hope is that this time they will find compromise. Toward that end CABL supports renewal of one-half-cent of the expiring state sales tax in the general […]

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Special Session Fails Over Pennies

It is hard to know just what to say about the second special session this year that crashed without addressing the state’s very real and looming fiscal problems. By any measure it was a disappointment and the blame game is still ongoing. That’s probably to be expected, but at this point it gets us nowhere. […]

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Don’t Move Backwards on Tax Policy

As the clock continues to tick down on this special session, lawmakers get in a rush. With tensions already high, pressure builds, the deadline looms, and that’s when unfortunate things can happen. This time, we hope they won’t. The budget issues and revenue options that legislators have been considering during the special session haven’t really […]

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A New Special Session, But Same Old Issues

In the “Here We Go Again” department, another special session to address the state’s budget issues is getting underway and the outcome seems anything but certain. Everyone knows the issues, everyone knows the options, and everyone knows they are now facing a real deadline. The question is what will actually make this one any different […]

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A Letter to the Members of the Legislature

Once again you are in the midst of a regular session where you are grappling with budget issues that have consumed our state for most of the last ten years. This time you are considering a budget with a level of cuts which you probably won’t even pass, coming on the heels of a special […]

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Education Leadership Institute- Jefferson Parish

Education Leadership Institute -Jefferson Parish (ELI), is a program designed to build your leadership skills and knowledge about the educational policy landscape in Jefferson and in Louisiana. The ultimate goal of ELI is to build a cohort of graduates who possess the necessary policy and leadership skills to advocate as community leaders or serve as […]

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Outside Forces Should Not Derail Pension Reform

Legislation to reform one of the state’s major retirement plans is being shelved by the state retirement system that proposed it because of opposition from the governor. What it means is that unless something changes, this significant reform legislation, which has already passed favorably out of two committees, will die without even a minute of […]

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When is a budget not a budget?

It is unfortunate that the Legislature is going through the exercise it is – debating, and in the case of the House, passing a budget that is by any measure unrealistic and totally untenable. But it does tell us some things we need to pay attention to. Some of the rhetoric coming out of the […]

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CABL Position on Constitutional Convention

In recent years there has been growing discussion about the possible need for Louisiana to convene a convention to rewrite the state’s constitution. Many reasons have been given for that. Our constitution has been amended too many times and it’s grown too long. It has ceased to be a framework for governing and become an […]

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Education Legislation Shouldn’t Move Us Backward

This year the governor has put forward a legislative agenda which includes a small package of bills dealing with education. Unfortunately, at the heart of it are proposals that don’t push us forward, but seek to drag us back.   Over the last couple of years, CABL and other groups working to improve education in […]

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