Legislature Should be Careful About Expanding Governor’s Power

“The view that Louisiana’s chief executives have traditionally wielded greater political influence than their counterparts in other states is shared by most, if not all, students of Louisiana history.” That quote is from former governor Edwin Edwards in an article he wrote for the Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association a number of years ago. […]

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CABL Believes New School Accountability Framework Is Big Step in the Right Direction

State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley has unveiled a proposal for a new school and district accountability system for Louisiana schools. It represents a major change from what is in place now, but also a significant improvement. Most people know we have an accountability system for our public schools and have seen stories about the […]

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Legislature Sends Discouraging Message on Education

The House of Representatives passed its version of the budget last week, and it included some discouraging cuts for teachers and early childhood education. While the prospects are good that most of that funding will be restored by the Senate, it is unfortunate that the Legislature is sending a disturbing message about the state’s support […]

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Legislature Should Tread Lightly in Changing Political Appointments

This year state lawmakers have introduced a series of bills that, if passed, would greatly enhance the power of Louisiana’s governor to make political appointments. In a state where the governor currently makes appointments to hundreds of boards and commissions, the approval of these bills would represent an increase in gubernatorial power that is unprecedented […]

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Legislation this Session Could Improve Education Policies

When it comes to education legislation this session, the stars of the show are the proposals to create universal Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) to provide more school choice options for parents. Those bills continue to move through the process, and we will have a more complete look at those shortly. But in the meantime, there […]

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New Crime Laws Should Come with Watchful Oversight

As the special session on crime got underway, CABL’s RESET Louisiana partnership with PAR and the Committee of 100 urged lawmakers to make decisions based on data and best practices and not to back pedal on the criminal justice reforms of 2017. During this session lawmakers passed about 20 bills that do a variety of […]

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RESET Louisiana Calls for Thoughtful Decisions in Crime Special Session

As lawmakers start work in a special session called by Gov. Jeff Landry to address crime, RESET Louisiana urges the House and Senate to make decisions based on data and best practices known to reduce violent crime rather than backpedaling on reform. Protecting citizens is one of the highest priorities of any government. Crime is […]

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Encouraging Opportunities in Governor’s Transition Reports

The Landry administration recently released the reports of its various transition councils and there is a lot to be encouraged about within the pages of their recommendations. While the reports are short on detail, they do provide a framework for the direction the state’s new leadership wants to go and it suggests there are opportunities […]

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First Special Session of 2024 Accomplished What it Needed To

The short eight-day special session called by Governor Jeff Landry actually ended in a very short five days. It was an ambitious agenda for the first convening of the newly-elected Legislature, but at the end of the day only two bills of consequence passed. From CABL’s perspective, that’s a good thing. There was only one […]

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First Special Session Highlighted by Ambitious Agenda

It’s great to hit the ground running, but sometimes things can go too fast. That could be the case with the just-called special session of the Legislature. Governor Jeff Landry began his term as the state’s new chief executive with a bang. It was already understood that there would be a special session in mid-January […]

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