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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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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.

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Willl strong early voting translate to Election Day?

Early voting for the Nov. 6 election in St. Mary Parish may have been the highest ever for a nonpresidential election, but the parish registrar of voters isn’t certain that will carry over to Election Day.

Registrar Jolene Holcombe hopes the strong early voter turnout translates to Election Day, but she isn’t sure that’ll happen. The weather could contribute to turnout on Election Day, she said. 

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