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2014

PAR appoints new Research Project Director

Posted: 11/19/2014 The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana announces the new hire of Criketa Matlock as Research Project Director. Criketa has joined the organization to further develop the growing portfolio of PAR’s policy and research agenda. In her role at PAR, Criketa will bring her policy research, analysis and management experience to advance the […]

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Leadership and Crisis in Education

In the fight over Common Core, Louisiana state government is failing its citizens and the governor is chiefly responsible (PDF Version) Louisiana state government is failing its duty to provide leadership and accountability for public school education in the upcoming academic year. The situation has reached a crisis level with serious potential consequences for students, parents, […]

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2014 Legislative Session

The 2014 Legislative Session PAR reviews the poor fiscal practices and worthy accomplishments of the spring lawmaking period (PDF Version) What a difference $1 billion can make. The 2014 legislative session ended with a state budget balanced conveniently with contrived and borrowed revenue and the further depletion of trust fund resources. The budget allows spending increases […]

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PAR COLA’s Policy Brief

  A PAR review of Act 399 and cost-of-living adjustments (PDF Version) During the 2014 session the Legislature made changes in the way cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are granted for retirees of the four major state retirement systems. Act 399 (House Bill 1225) by Rep. Joel Robideaux and Sen. Elbert Guillory sets conditions on how and when […]

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State Budget Opportunities

State Budget Opportunities As the state budget process nears completion, the Legislature should keep the good fixes and make a few more ( PDF Version Here) The Louisiana House of Representatives made key improvements to the state budget that should be sustained as the Senate takes its turn reviewing the annual spending bills. Additional steps would further […]

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Tulane Scholarship Reforms

Proposed changes would improve the process but the best reform is the example set by legislative leaders (PDF Version Here) Proposed legislation and related reforms by Tulane University follow several PAR recommendations and constitute a worthwhile package of changes to the college’s Legislative Scholarship program. PAR’s commentary on April 8, 2014, explained the facts behind the […]

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