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PAR is an independent voice offering solutions to crucial issues in Louisiana through accurate, objective research and focusing public attention on those solutions.

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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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John Bel Edwards proposes making more businesses pay, while lowering income taxes for most people

Gov. John Bel Edwards said he is looking to shift the tax burden from individuals to businesses and raise more revenue for state government through his proposal to overhaul Louisiana’s tax structure released Wednesday (March 29). 

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St. John becomes first parish to appoint registrar of voters under new rules

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.

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