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March, 2014

Fix the COLA System

The Louisiana way of retiree cost-of-living adjustments kicks the can down the road (PDF Version With COLA Chart) Five years have passed since the last cost-of-living increase for retirees under Louisiana’s major state retirement programs. As decision-makers consider a boost in payments for those drawing state retirement income, PAR recommends that new benefits, if granted, be […]

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Louisiana’s Ethics Policies

PAR says some changes needed – and some not – in Ethics Code (PDF Version Here) Louisiana’s ethics laws form an important foundation for establishing appropriate standards of conduct for public officials regarding conflicts of interest, cronyism and fair contracting practices. The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana has in the past suggested a number of […]

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Personal Use of Campaign Contributions

Louisiana Needs Stronger, Clearer Policies and Practices (PDF Version here) Louisiana should strive for a campaign finance reporting and enforcement system that promotes compliance, sets a high ethical standard and provides clear procedures that are practical, consistent and transparent. These principles should be at the core of the current policy discussion about how political candidates and […]

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