A Tale of Two Rankings

Two recent sets of rankings about Louisiana’s economy and business climate send mixed messages about how attractive the state is to companies that want to invest here. Or do they? Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to sort it out. The headlines are certainly different. One says, “Louisiana Ranks #2 in South for […]

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Election Season is Upon Us, and This Year It’s Important

Summertime is officially here, the legislative session is over, the Fourth of July is coming up and that means the election season is officially underway. Sure, it seems like Election Day is still a long way off. LSU will be playing its sixth game of the season by then (versus Florida at Tiger Stadium, if […]

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End of Low-Drama Session Opens the Door for Important Election Debate

Compared to sessions and special sessions over most of the last decade in which the nicest way to describe them would probably be contentious, the 2019 legislative session seemed downright tame. The reason in a word – money. They had some this time and instead of fighting over budget cuts or new taxes, the focus […]

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Louisiana Students Continue to Make Gains in Education

Sometimes it seems good news about academic achievement in Louisiana can be hard to come by. But the truth is, Louisiana students have shown significant progress over the last two decades and some recently released data reiterate what we should already know – that when it comes to the state education policies that we have […]

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Legislature convenes on budget and taxes

As the Legislature convenes for another legislative session – this one focusing on fiscal matters – there will be a great deal of discussion about taxes, but it appears the state budget will once again end up being issue number one. That’s despite the fact that over more special sessions than most would want to […]

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A Time for Vision

In the late 1990s Governor Mike Foster’s administration came up with what was essentially a strategic plan for the state called Vision 2020. It focused on three areas: the economy, education, and quality of life, and it started, as you would expect from the name, with a vision for the state. With elections this year […]

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A New Call to Invest in Early Education

The state’s Early Childhood Care and Education Commission is coming out with recommendations urging Louisiana to invest more in early education for children from birth to age three. The total cost of what’s needed to make quality child care available to all of the state’s economically disadvantaged children is huge, but that doesn’t mean we […]

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Transitioning from High School to College and Career

For decades Louisiana high schools have faced major challenges. We were losing too many students, the percentage of students who needed remedial help when they got to college was hovering close to 40-percent, and we had large numbers of students enrolled in college who never graduated or took more than the normal 4-6 years to […]

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Welcome to 2019 and an Opportunity to Move Louisiana Forward

Happy New Year from CABL! It’s 2019 and that means in Louisiana election year is here. The primaries may not be until October, but it’s not too early to begin thinking about what this year’s elections should be about when it comes to the issues that are most important to our state. During statewide elections […]

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National Reviewers Say Louisiana on the Right Track to Close Equity Gaps in Education

Recently, the Louisiana Department of Education released the latest round of School Performance Scores and it drew a good bit of attention, primarily because a number of the scores went down. But what some may have missed is the fact that the scores went down because our expectations for students went up. The truth is, […]

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