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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 2019 regular and extraordinary sessions can also be found here.

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Louisiana lawmakers take first steps to overhaul tax system, sales tax collections

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) took a rare position of supporting Allain’s bill rather than just providing research as is its usual practice.

“We are on an island when it comes to the upper (income tax) rates,” testified PAR President Robert Travis Scott, quoting study after study recommending the change. “We know what needs to be done and that’s what this bill does.”

PAR publishes ‘Fiscal Crossroads’ commentary on legislative session 

In its latest publication, PAR highlights the major tax and spending initiatives of the legislative session and explains how the state budget is evolving, with the American Rescue Plan affecting all aspects of Louisiana’s finances.

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