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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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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.
While some lawmakers complained, the pet projects drew deeper condemnation from one of Louisiana’s government watchdog groups, the nonpartisan Public Affairs Research Council, which issued a scathing statement calling the budget bill “bad fiscal management of scarce state dollars” and the “regrettable revival of a wily political system based on petty favors.”
Lawmakers passed the amendments earlier this year in the truncated regular session and the special session that followed it, which was rather remarkable considering the Legislature was supposed to be dealing only with emergency items related to COVID-19, according to Public Affairs Research Council President Robert Travis Scott.