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Council For a Better Louisiana

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The Council For a Better Louisiana is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group founded in 1962. Also known as CABL, the Council's key missions are to raise citizen awareness of issues, advance public policies, hold government accountable, and foster civic leadership.[1] The officers of the Council For a Better Louisiana are:

  • President and CEO: Barry Erwin
  • Vice President for Public Policy: Stephanie Desselle
  • Research and Policy Analyst: Sheree Beverly
  • Director of Development: Schuyler Klienpeter
  • Chairman of the Board: Ray Authement, President, The University of Louisiana - Lafayette
  • Chairman-Elect: William Hines, Managing Partner, Jones Walker Law Firm - New Orleans
  • Secretary: Robert Levy, 3rd Judicial District Attorney - Ruston
  • Treasurer: Phil Earhart, Business First Bank - Lake Charles[2]

Transparency projects

Current priorities

  • Monitor the legislature to ensure accountability of actions, as well as to advocate spending decisions that will result in short term and long term benefits for the state.
  • Serve on the Louisiana School Accountability Commission and the Louisiana High School Redesign Commission to reduce drop out rates and improve the quality of public education.
  • Continue supporting and conducting the Leadership Louisiana Program.[3]


Policy positions

Education: CABL seeks to increase accountability and responsiveness of public schools and universities, while raising standards.

Government policies: CABL supports government policies that reflect the priorities of the public and strives for greater government accountability.

Leadership: CABL is part of the Leadership Louisiana Program, which helps civic minded leaders better understand the people, places and issues that effect Louisiana.[4]

The Center for A Better Louisiana is a 501(c)(6) organization. The Center also runs the Foundation for a Better Louisiana, which is a 501(c)(3) organization.


Funding for the Council for A Better Louisiana is provided through donations and member contributions. Sustaining members pay a minimum of $300 per year in dues, up to $5,000 per year.[5]

Contact information

Council for A Better Louisiana
Post Office Box 4308
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4308

Phone: (225) 344-2225
Fax: (225) 338-9470

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