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PAR Position for Senior Policy Analyst

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) is seeking a senior policy analyst and researcher for a full-time position at the independent, non-profit education and government watchdog group based in Baton Rouge. Established in 1950, PAR is an objective voice for responsible government that conducts research on essential policy issues and provides timely commentary […]

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PAR Wins National Award at the Annual GRA Conference

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) has won a national award for its Sunshine Headquarters 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 award was presented during the annual GRA conference held last week […]

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2013 Legislative Session Wrap Up

(PDF Version here) The 2013 legislative session started with a whimper and ended with a sigh of relief. On Day One, the governor “parked” his tax reform plan, failed to inspire a legislative effort to repeal the income tax and offered no further guidance or motivation to lawmakers. The state budget proved to be a […]

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Proposed health care fee system limits Legislature’s budget flexibility

(PDF Version) With two weeks left in the 2013 Legislative session, lawmakers are focused on several initiatives that would engender long-term consequences for the state’s fiscal affairs. State officials and the public should fully recognize the future effects and limitations. In particular, the Legislature is poised to limit its budgeting flexibility by placing in the […]

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PAR Issues Letter on Senate Bill 148

(PDF Version Here) May 13, 2013 Senator Eric LaFleur Louisiana State Senate Dear Senator LaFleur: The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana has a strong interest in promoting fair and effective ethics laws, as I know you do as well. I appreciate your openness to suggestions on this issue, and particularly this session with regard to […]

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PAR Issues Letter on 2013-2014 Budget Amendments

(PDF Version here)To: Representatives Edwards, Geymann, Harris, Jackson, Leger and Robideaux From: Robert Travis Scott, President, Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana Dear Representatives, Thank you for your efforts to draft a “Deficit Reduction Plan” as a proposed House strategy for dealing with the state’s FY 2014 budget. As you know PAR has a strong […]

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PAR Issues Research Brief on Tax Reform

PAR is releasing a report today outlining key taxes issues facing the state and placing these into the context of the current debate on reform. The report summarizes the challenges in various areas of Louisiana tax policy and offers potential remedies for consideration. The report also reviews the Governor’s so-called Plan A proposal and draws […]

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