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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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The Council for a Better Louisiana and Public Affairs research updated the community on what is going on in Baton Rouge.
Items on the agenda included the session itself, where the budget stands on higher education, healthcare and what would happen if indeed, Louisiana called a constitutional convention.
A hybrid pension plan for future state employees cleared its second Senate committee here Tuesday and moves to the full Senate for debate.
Senate Bill 14 by Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Bossier City, is a combination of a defined benefit plan and a defined contribution plan like a 401(k)-style investment account. It would only affect state employees in the Louisiana State Employees Retirement plan who are hired on or after Jan. 1, 2020.