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David Gray
Louisiana Budget Project

David Gray is a policy analyst for the Louisiana Budget Project, an independent nonprofit that reports on how fiscal issues impact Louisiana’s low and moderate-income families. In this capacity, David spearheads LBP’s statewide asset building and anti-predatory lending initiatives, and he publishes major research reports on Louisiana’s economy and tax structure. His most recent report, “Louisiana Needs a Higher Wage” explores the benefits of establishing a minimum wage in Louisiana. David also educates lawmakers and community leaders on fiscal policies that are in the best interest of the state’s workers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners. David also serves on on the East Baton Rouge Parish Food Policy Access Commission. He earned his Bachelor’s degrees in social policy and urban studies from Tulane University and his Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Current Topic


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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