I chose to highlight the work of the Louisiana Budget Project today not because I’m the board chair for the organization but because they do fantastic work. LBP is a non-profit, non-partisan (501c3) statewide org that conducts research and informs policymakers and other stakeholders on budget and related policy issues affecting lower-to-middle income Louisiana families. It was founded after Hurricane Katrina as a subsidiary of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) and became an independent organization in 2013.
At the helm of LBP is Jan Moller, a former award-winning journalist with the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He was the state capital beat reporter and covered statewide campaigns. His work as an investigative journalist helped spur changes to Louisiana’s nursing home regulations. Since 2011, he’s led a small staff to provide an ever-present voice for the needs of working families and those struggling with poverty.
The Daily Dime is an e-mail digest of important news delivered every weekday to subscribers and is one of the consistent and impactful services that LBP provides. With a focus on state policy and budget matters, it is very widely read by leaders in and out of state government, and rumor has it that even many folks within Governor Jindal’s administration were subscribers. You can sign up for free at this link.