PAR is an independent voice offering solutions to crucial issues in Louisiana through accurate, objective research and focusing public attention on those solutions.
PAR launched a new initiative providing ongoing fiscal oversight of the state’s spending on coastal restoration and protection and its job impacts. PAR will identify issues concerning fiscal policy, transparency and the decision making process but will not cover environmental or engineering evaluations.
This portal is designed to serve as a guide and resource to citizens about Louisiana’s Sunshine Laws. Statutes that require government agencies to do their work in public are called “sunshine laws.” These laws typically govern public records and meetings. Each state has their own sunshine laws. Federal government agencies must follow the “Federal Freedom of Information Act.”
To help Louisiana’s citizens and decision-makers better understand the state’s budget deficit, PAR has developed a hub containing links to important organizations and academic resources. Exclusive PAR reports and commentary on the 2016 regular and extraordinary sessions can also be found here.
Officials in St. John the Baptist Parish last week swore in a new registrar of voters, the first time a parish in Louisiana did so since voters amended the state constitution to set stricter standards for the job. Russell Jack, who spent 14 years on the parish’s School Board, narrowly secured a majority of the Parish Council to win the appointment Jan. 24, with five of the nine members backing him. He was one of three applicants who were nominated.
Louisiana’s higher education leaders want voters to give them the authority to raise tuition rates on college campuses without needing legislative approval. They just can’t push too hard because of limits on public employee advocacy for and endorsements of ballot items. The proposed constitutional change, which would end the requirement of a two-thirds vote of state lawmakers for college tuition and fee hikes, is the highest profile constitutional amendment of six awaiting voters on the Nov. 8 ballot.