BLUEPRINT Releases Third Accountability Report

September 16, 2010

BATON ROUGE, La. – Blueprint Louisiana today released its third Accountability Report , summarizing its involvement in the 2010 legislative session that produced a handful of key measures aligned with Blueprint priorities.

In the area of workforce development, Centers of Excellence legislation and bills to transfer responsibility for adult education from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) passed.

A Blueprint Louisiana higher education priority, the Louisiana Granting Resources and Autonomy for Diplomas Act (LA GRAD Act), also received legislative approval. Shortly after the legislative session, the Louisiana Board of Regents followed through on another Blueprint higher education priority, using a performance-based funding formula to allocate appropriations to the four major college systems in the state.

Just before the legislative session began last March, Blueprint also was supportive of the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between LSU, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Louisiana Division of Administration regarding the future of medical education and indigent and uninsured care in the Baton Rouge region.

“As the state’s fiscal challenges grow, we’re grateful meaningful reforms continue to attract strong support in the Legislature,” said Blueprint Louisiana Chairman Bill Fenstermaker, President and Chief Executive Officer of C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates of Lafayette. “Blueprint remains committed to working with our state governmental leaders in 2011 on a common-sense change agenda to continue to create the state we deserve.”

Established in 2006, Blueprint Louisiana is a citizen-driven effort to identify and implement essential changes to fundamentally improve Louisiana. The group’s original vision for a better Louisiana focused on major governmental reforms in the areas of ethics, education, workforce development, health care, transportation and coastal restoration and hurricane protection. In 2009, it added a “new economy” component (higher education and economic innovation) to its reform agenda. The nonpartisan effort is led and supported by community and business leaders from across the state.

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