PAR’s mission is to be Louisiana’s independent voice offering solutions to crucial issues for the betterment of our state 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.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is taking heat for some of his legislative vetoes, but one of them was right on target. Edwards vetoed House Bill 598, which was designed to bring accountability to the state Department of Transportation and Development, but got sidetracked.
Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans and sponsor of the bill, said the goal was to ensure that road money was spent where intended and that regular progress reports were made to the Legislature. But a Senate amendment would have allowed the House and Senate transportation committees to add projects after DOTD held meetings to get local input.
Senator Bill Cassidy speaks during the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana’s annual conference and luncheon, Friday April 21,2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, La. Cassidy has appointed a panel, headed by his brother and comprised of lawyers and business leaders, to help vet candidates for open positions in the federal judiciary and for Louisiana’s three vacant U.S. attorney positions.