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2005

City Adoption Program Started

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) is participating in the California KARE (Katrina Aid and Relief) program, which will introduce Louisiana cities in need to California cities offering aid.  PAR helped to coordinate the City of Palo Alto’s adoption of the City of Kenner in the first such local government match.  A City […]

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PAR Wins National Awards at the Annual GRA Conference

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) received two national awards from the Governmental Research Association (GRA). GRA is a national organization of individuals and groups who study and make recommendations on state and local policy issues. The awards to PAR were presented during the annual GRA conference held last week in Ann Arbor, […]

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PAR Leadership Changes Hands

Senior Research Associate Ty Keller will retire from the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) staff on July 31st, bringing a close to his highly distinguished, 35-year career. He leaves behind the legacy of a thorough, accurate and non-partisan research ethic to be continued by PAR’s remaining research staff. Jennifer Pike will take the […]

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End of Desegregation Offers Opportunity for EBR Schools, PAR Says

The East Baton Rouge (EBR) Parish School System is meeting the requirements of its final school desegregation plan but has a long way to go on its journey of improvement, the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) said in its report “East Baton Rouge Parish Schools: A New Beginning?“ released today. The report is […]

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The 2005 Session: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The 2005 Regular Session of the Legislature was primarily a fiscal session; however, it was also the first meeting of the new, hybrid fiscal and limited-general session that was created by a 2002 constitutional amendment. In addition to fiscal bills, legislators could introduce up to five non-fiscal bills dealing with state concerns and an unlimited […]

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Case for Cigarette Tax Not Yet Made, PAR Says

When it was initially introduced, the state budget for next year left a large healthcare funding gap in spite of considerable belt-tightening. However, there was not the sense of crisis and urgency that has often accompanied the budget presentation. The reason soon became apparent as the state’s fiscal prospects brightened considerably. With improved revenue estimates […]

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When it Rains it Pours, PAR Says

A bill to lower the cap on the state’s Rainy Day Fund could shift another $200 million in mineral revenues into the operating budget next year. This would be in addition to the $169 million in new money recently added to the revenue estimate. The bill was passed out of the Senate Finance Committee on […]

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PAR Says Keep Stelly Plan on Track

Efforts to derail the Stelly Plan are building steam for the legislative session. While there has been no ground swell of public opinion against the plan, some legislators are attempting to create one. Others apparently feel compelled to respond to the complaints of a vocal few among the small minority of taxpayers who experienced a […]

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PAR Says Follow Constitution in Using Windfall

The announcement that state revenues for this year and next would be $360 million ahead of earlier projections has fueled a feeding frenzy and the potential for making some major fiscal blunders. However, by honoring the spirit of the constitutional provision regarding the use of non-recurring revenue, the state has an opportunity to place its […]

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