New LA Science Standards Great News for Students

It’s happened relatively quietly, but over the last six months a group of 39 Louisiana educators and other experts have been working to upgrade our state’s academic standards in science. This week those standards won final approval from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and that’s great news for all of our students. To […]

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Poor Showing in State Rankings Shows It’s Past Time to Act

The opening line in 24/7 Wall Street’s description of Louisiana’s business climate could hardly be more damning: “No state is worse for business than Louisiana.” That unfortunately coincides with another new ranking list, this one from U.S. News & World Report, that landed Louisiana at number 50 in its index of the best states. At […]

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What Does the Special Session Tell Us?

Going into the just-completed special session there were a lot of questions about what the outcome would be. First, a number of lawmakers didn’t even want to have the session. What kind of obstacles would they put up? Many, particularly in the House, wanted to make cuts without using the state’s Rainy Day Fund – […]

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Special Session Themes Sounding Sadly Familiar

With the session basically halfway over, it’s difficult to tell what the outcome will be, but some things are certainly becoming more clear. One is the fact that no matter how much people want to continue to cut state government, it’s hard for them to find the places where most even generally agree that they […]

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Special Session needs to be a “Win-Win”

Yet another special session of the Legislature starts Monday. Unlike last year’s two sessions, this one won’t be about raising new revenues, but making more cuts to balance the current year’s budget. Predictably, there are differences of opinion between various factions within the Legislature and the governor about just how to do that. And while […]

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Changing Times for TOPS?

Governor John Bel Edwards recently made the provocative statement to the The Advocate  editorial board that if the state doesn’t return to full funding of the TOPS scholarship program within a year or two the program and public expectations about it will be permanently altered. He’s probably right. In 2016 the previously unthinkable happened. For […]

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Understanding the State Fiscal Mess

The legislatively-created Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy has released its final report and for those who want a better understanding of the fiscal mess Louisiana is in and ideas  for getting out of it, it’s worth the read. Louisiana’s Opportunity: Comprehensive Solutions for a Sustainable Tax and Spending Structure is […]

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Opportunities Ahead for 2017

Popular TV meteorologist Jay Grymes recently told the Baton Rouge Rotary that 2016 was the most destructive year in the state in more than a decade. River flooding in January, tornado outbreaks in February, flooding in north Louisiana in March, historic south Louisiana flooding in August and then a drought in the fall. And that […]

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Happy Holidays to all our CABL Friends and Supporters

Thanks to all who have supported CABL’s mission in 2016 of working for the betterment of Louisiana. In 2017, we  pledge to continue our efforts to improve opportunities for all in our state and promote policies to move Louisiana forward. End of Year Tax Planning As year-end quickly approaches, so do important 2016 tax planning deadlines. […]

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We Don’t Need Detours with The Education of Our Children

In late 2015 in a bipartisan vote, Congress passed the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” or ESSA. It replaced the old “No Child Left Behind” law and now a year later it’s starting to get attention both in Louisiana and states across the country.   ESSA deals with a variety of things, but in the big […]

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