He noted that “some changes have occurred since the last book, but a lot of the state’s endemic problems are still endemic.”
CABL, founded 50 years ago, is a non-profit good-government organization, working to improve Louisiana’s quality of life by raising awareness of critical issues, promoting sound public policy, fostering civic leadership and championing government accountability.
The current Fact Book edition is the fourth since the first was compiled in 2003. It is chock-a-block with data of all sorts as it relates to Louisiana, from public policy issues to basic demographic categories.
Pucheu told his audience that regardless their individual political agendas, the Fact Book provides a good starting point for public issue discussion.
He noted “facts are facts.” How people choose to use them varies.
The Fact Book can be viewed online at cabl.org.
In its preface, CABL notes the challenges facing a state with the budget and education problems Louisiana has and laments that the state is not positioned well for a future that will demand higher levels of education attainment.
The organization says vision, leadership and courage represent the state’s greatest need at a moment that will be critical to its future.
“The decisions that await our leaders will be incredibly difficult. Some of the things they will have to consider might be politically unpopular. But the choices they ultimately make in the best interests of our state will be rewarded with the knowledge that Louisiana, and countless of its citizens, will be better because of it,” CABL summarizes