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May, 2009

PAR says keep eighth-grade LEAP standards intact

Currently, an eighth-grade student in Louisiana must score at least at the Basic level in either English/Language Arts or Mathematics on the LEAP test and at the Approaching Basic level in the other area to be promoted to the ninth grade. Two bills being considered by the Legislature would lower that standard for overage eighth-graders. […]

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Don’t delay the REC, PAR says

The Revenue Estimating Conference’s May revenue estimate is overdue. Annually, the Legislature relies on a May revenue estimate revision to make final adjustments to the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year that begins in July. At least one member has suggested skipping that part of the process this year. To hold off on a […]

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Don’t delay the REC, PAR says

The Revenue Estimating Conference’s May revenue estimate is overdue. Annually, the Legislature relies on a May revenue estimate revision to make final adjustments to the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year that begins in July. At least one member has suggested skipping that part of the process this year. To hold off on a […]

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Don’t increase the homestead exemption, PAR says

Louisiana provides one of the highest homestead property tax exemptions in the nation. Homeowners are exempt from paying most property taxes on the first $75,000 of their home value, keeping property taxes quite low compared to elsewhere. Yet, several constitutional amendments are being considered this legislative session that would increase the homestead exemption. The proposals […]

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No whining for dining, PAR Says

Louisiana’s ethics code generally prohibits public servants from receiving things of economic value, barring certain exceptions. Past exceptions, such as free tickets to events and lavish wining and dining from special interest groups, fueled public perception that access to policy makers could be bought. As a result, exceptions such as these were eliminated or scaled […]

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Records bill would thwart transparency, PAR says

Louisiana law generally provides that documents of public bodies shall be open to the public. However, hundreds of exceptions to the general rule have been created both in statute and case law. This session, the Legislature is again considering redefining the public records exception for the office of the governor. One bill (SB 278) being […]

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