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November, 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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