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June, 2011

Modest gains but important trends mark the 2011 session

(PDF Version) The 2011 regular legislative session ended harmoniously with a $25 billion budget compromise despite the pressures of a steep revenue shortfall, sharp disagreements between the governor and lawmakers, sore feelings left over from the redistricting session and looming elections this fall. Although the achievements aside from the budget were modest, the session exposed a […]

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Deeply flawed bill for income tax repeal is poorly conceived

A Senate bill for a 10-year phase-out of the Louisiana personal income tax has been working its way through the Legislature this session and now is poised to pass the House of Representatives. House passage would send the measure at a critical stage back to the Senate, which would decide whether to concur with the […]

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Public deserves more transparency for Governor’s records

The Louisiana Legislature is considering a bill that would reduce the statutory protections that keep many of the governor’s records forever out of public view. Following events in which lawmakers initially were rebuffed in seeking public information about administration policy initiatives and major contracts, the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced Senate Bill 57 by […]

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PAR recommends rethinking the Coordinated Care Networks initiative

(PDF Version) The Louisiana House of Representatives made two important accomplishments last week when it partially cut funding for a privatized Medicaid program proposed by the state health agency. The House’s amendment to the appropriations bill would save scarce dollars in next year’s state budget and slow the implementation of the administration’s proposed Coordinated Care Networks […]

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