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Times-Picayune investigates slumlords; Poorest Louisianans to receive least help with health insurance premiums

The governor’s devotion to secrecy has even infected the state’s Department of Education, where his allies have erected a virtual Jericho wall of secrecy. …

As [Tom] Aswell, The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com and others have demonstrated, those denied public records can sue, but they rarely do. Lawyers aren’t cheap.

So, what’s the chance an average citizen can afford a lawsuit? Indeed, what’s the chance an average citizen would even know how to request a public document?

Hoping to answer that question, I phoned a half-dozen state agencies to ask this simple question, “What’s the name of your department’s custodian of public records?”

Last month, state politics observer C.B. Forgotston raised the issue about unidentified custodians for public records.

Jonathan E. Chapman, the executive director of the Louisiana Primary Care Association, which represents more than two dozen community health centers, described the situation in his state this way: “If the breadwinner in a family of four works full time at a job that pays $14 an hour and the family has no other income, he or she will be eligible for insurance subsidies. But if they make $10 an hour, they will not be eligible for anything.”

Following the school voucher ruling from the Louisiana Supreme Court, Education Superintendent John White said Friday that the state is scaling back its Course Choice mini-voucher program. His announcement came amid new data that raises questions about how many students even want to enroll in Course Choice.

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About Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and the Federal Flood he helped create the Rising Tide conference, which grew into an annual social media event dedicated to the future of New Orleans.