PAR is an independent voice offering solutions to crucial issues in Louisiana through accurate, objective research and focusing public attention on those solutions.
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.
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.”
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.
No one likes higher taxes, but Louisiana will never come to grips with its monumental road and bridge problems until legislators increase the gasoline tax. The state’s $12.7 billion construction and maintenance backlog will soon exceed $13 billion.None of that backlog includes mega projects like the critical need for a new Interstate 10 bridge over the Calcasieu River at Lake Charles.”
A report out this week by a nonpartisan government watchdog group says Louisiana lawmakers have made progress putting the state on solid financial footing in the short term but still have a lot of work to do. In its commentary, “New Taxes, New Troubles,” the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana sums up the current state of affairs nicely in this phrase: “The three legislative sessions brought more revenue, transparency and uncertainty.”