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2005

PAR Calls Hijacked Bill Abuse of Process

The Senate is abusing the legislative process by totally reworking a House bill (HB 140) to mirror a controversial Senate bill (SB 105) in order to limit debate on the measure that would shrink the state’s Rainy Day Fund. The Senate bill (and now the House bill) would lower the cap on the Rainy Day […]

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PAR Says Disclosure First Step, Must Ban Contracts

The state needs to enact tough ethics reform to help assure the nation that billions can be spent restoring Louisiana without fear of graft or corruption. PAR has long recommended that public officials and their family members should be prohibited from receiving public contracts, whether competitively bid or not. Current law provides some limits, but […]

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PAR Says Keep Cuts, Save Reserves

The state has found a way to meet the nearly $1 billion shortfall and balance its budget with a combination of cuts and tapped reserves. However, the cuts go deeper than some legislators would like, so they are proposing a budget gimmick to shrink the state’s Rainy Day Fund. SB 105, which would lower the […]

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Expanded Takeover a Promising First Step, PAR Says

State takeover of all or most public schools in New Orleans now appears likely. Removing schools from local control may not be a panacea, but the governor’s proposal for expanding state takeover would clear the path for reform. However, it is essential that a comprehensive plan be developed to include specific management strategies and high […]

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PAR Names David W. Hood to Lead Its Healthcare Research Agenda

Former Cabinet Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals David W. Hood has been named the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) senior healthcare policy analyst. Hood will lead PAR’s new endeavor to study and propose solutions to problems with Louisiana’s healthcare funding and delivery models. As an independent voice of reform […]

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PAR Says Fortify Financial Oversight

Immediately deploying the resources of the offices of the Legislative Auditor, Inspector General, State Treasurer and Department of Revenue to coordinate and monitor federal disaster assistance to Louisiana was an appropriate response to meet the state’s emergency financial oversight needs. But, a more comprehensive oversight plan with independent components and additional contracting restrictions and requirements […]

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PAR Offers Heartfelt Condolences

On behalf of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) staff, I extend our sincere condolences to the citizens of Louisiana and neighboring states whose lives are affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Nearly half of PAR’s loyal and dedicated members are from south Louisiana. We share in their grief and shock over this […]

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PAR Develops Post-Katrina Research Agenda

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2005 The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) has adapted its research agenda to conform to the changing needs of Louisiana. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, public policies at the federal, state and local levels will have to be adapted to rebuild and stabilize the Louisiana economy. PAR […]

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