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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 Coastal Project

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.

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Sunshine Headquarters

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.”

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The Budget & Taxes

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.

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Louisiana good-government groups announce partnership to produce electoral agenda

Three of Louisiana’s most prominent good-government groups are collaborating on an electoral agenda that they hope this year’s candidates will address, the head of one of those groups said Monday.

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It may be legal now, but don’t look to play DraftKings any time soon

Fantasy sports betting is now legal in East Baton Rouge Parish and across much of Louisiana—in 47 of 64 parishes—thanks to the passage in Tuesday’s election of a parish-by-parish ballot initiative that makes it legal to play online fantasy sports games for cash prizes.

But don’t get too excited about joining the legions of DraftKings and FanDuel players across the country just yet. There remains a lot of unanswered questions about how the games will be regulated in Louisiana, and, more importantly to bureaucrats, how it will be taxed. And it will be at least another legislative session—and possibly another election season—before those questions are answered and the state’s newest form of gambling is up and running.

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