PAR Hosts its Annual Conference - April 23, 2015
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana will hold its Annual Conference on Thursday, April 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge celebrating PAR's 65th anniversary. This year the keynote speaker will be Walt Handelsman, two-time, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Advocate. The conference encourages PAR members and citizens to share business and policy strategies and experiences with other successful stakeholders from all over the state, as well as learn from interactive seminars and speakers. Join us at our 2015 Annual Conference.
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PAR Releases Report on Innovation in Louisiana
Innovation in Louisiana: Maximizing Investment in University Research to Promote a Knowledge-Based Economy
Opportunity is knocking for Louisiana. The report makes the case for why innovation matters in Louisiana and focuses on two major elements: the intellectual infrastructure in our universities and the mechanisms for knowledge transfer into the economy. The report examines the state of university research and development in Louisiana and makes recommendations to state leaders, higher education officials and businesses to foster a better environment for innovation.
Click here to view report through interactive webpage.                                                         Click here to download report as a pdf.
PAR Releases Reports on the State Budget Crisis
PAR has released two documents analyzing the state’s fiscal problems and the budget challenges facing the governor and Legislature.
PAR’s Guide to the State Budget Crisis examines the fiscal condition of the state, including the historical factors that lead us to the current crisis. This report reviews the decisions and circumstances that created Louisiana’s chronic and compounding budget sustainability problem. It serves as an educational primer on state budgeting and it investigates the familiar as well as the obscure but critical elements of state taxing and spending. Click here to see full report.
Louisiana's State Budget Vertigo is a PAR commentary that identifies holes in the executive budget and reviews specific proposals to deal the financial shortfall. Click here to view State Budget Commentary .
PAR's Report on State Hospital Reforms
A New Safety Net: The risk and reward of Louisiana’s Charity hospital privatizations
Louisiana’s reinvention of the Charity hospital system is a controversial and complex health care reform. PAR examines this historic initiative with an in-depth report, A New Safety Net: The risk and reward of Louisiana’s Charity hospital privatizations. The report explains the transformation and evaluates the advantages and disadvantages for the state, the communities and the healthcare system. A special section provides a deal-by-deal breakdown of the new agreements affecting most regions of the state.
The authors of the report are former Louisiana Medicaid Director Don Gregory and PAR Research Director Alison Neustrom, PhD.
Click here to view the full report.