November 7, 2023

Dear Friends,

The last two months of each year are the most critical for your Louisiana Family Forum’s mission and operations. In that short time we must raise 25% of the funding required to keep us on track into the new year. 

This LFF team embodies an unrelenting dedication to Life, Liberty, and Limited Government which instructs all we do, and those principles resonate with a majority of Louisiana!

LFF’s outstanding team includes communications, pastoral, policy, leadership development, and administrative staff, each of whom ensures that our highly acclaimed (or, regularly derided) cultural influence continues to impact Louisiana and the nation. 

Because we are motivated by mission, LFF’s government impact team makes do with modest wages and minimal overhead. Thus, our budget is a fraction of the big Louisiana lobbying organizations — which is to say that The Louisiana Family Forum is the most cost-effective investment in advancing Life, Liberty and Limited Government in Louisiana and beyond! LFF takes NO special interest funding or government monies in order to fund our mission of building a Louisiana where God is honored, life is respected, families flourish and religious liberty reigns.

But building an honorable Louisiana Impact is not free! 

Please take a moment to support LFF so we can write Louisiana’s best chapter!

 

The Washington Examiner reports that Louisiana’s economy is in dire need of fast action from government leaders. 

Louisiana has experienced seven months of declines in net jobs, resulting in 17,564 fewer people employed and indicating an unsettled job market.

Further, Louisiana's gross domestic product (GDP) has shown concerning fluctuations. In 2022, the state's real GDP shrunk by 1.8%, making it one of the poorest-performing states in the nation. The most recent data reveals a modest 1.4% growth in the first quarter of 2023, ranking 31st in the country. 

Finally, the first quarter of 2023 exhibited more encouraging trends for the personal income of state residents, with personal income experiencing an annualized growth rate of 6.2%, placing it 27th in national rankings. Nevertheless, this growth has not yet compensated for 2022 when personal income showed no growth, leaving Louisiana's personal income at the bottom among all 50 states for that year.

The health of the economy has major impacts on the well-being of families. Thankfully, our newly elected governor and state representatives make economic reform and progress in Louisiana a real possibility.

 

According to the Washington Post, homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education in the country with a 51% increase over the last five years!

In 2019, 1.5 million students were homeschooled. Now, there are “between 1.9 million and 2.7 million home-schooled children in the United States, depending on the rate of increase in areas without reliable data.”

Since the 2017-2018 school year, even in liberal states, there have been significant surges in homeschooling. California witnessed a 78% increase while NYC saw a 103% rise and Washington D.C. saw a 108% jump. These figures contradict earlier predictions that homeschooling would decline after the pandemic “ended.”

Further, the National Home Education Research Institute reports that homeschooled students are outperforming their public school peers. For example, students educated at home generally achieve standardized academic test scores that are 15 to 25 percentage points higher than those of public school students.

Despite this encouraging news, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins warns that parents should be vigilant, “knowing that there’s a policy around the corner coming in to try to limit your ability to teach your children or influence [them].”

This surge in homeschooling is a major win for education in the U.S., and we hope the trend continues. Homeschooling is an excellent way for Christian parents to share their faith with their children and prepare them to combat the progressive ideologies pervading our culture. LFF plans on helping pave the way for greater education freedom in our state during the 2024 legislative session!

 

Friendsearly voting began Saturday and will end on November 11th! The last day to request an absentee ballot is November 14th. Share LFF’s voter guide with your friends and family as you encourage them to respond to God’s call and vote for Christian values!

In His Service,


Gene Mills
President, Louisiana Family Forum

P.S. Year-end giving typically provides a substantial portion of our budget for the entire year, and none of what we do is possible without your financial support. Please consider including LFF in your year-end giving plans! Every dollar we receive helps bring Christian values back to the public sphere in Louisiana! 

 

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