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Budget, State

Short session, short on ideas

The 2009 regular legislative session was the short version of a Louisiana Legislative Session, which lasts 60 calendar days and focuses primarily on fiscal issues. While development of the budget did dominate much of the debate this year, the fiscal focus was limited to ordinary approaches to budget cutting and put off for another year […]

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Delay cuts to develop plan, PAR says

The state budget bill that was sent to the governor yesterday relies on passage of two separate bills to minimize reductions to higher education funding. However, both the House leadership and the governor oppose those revenue solutions that would tap the rainy day fund and freeze the income tax break for excess itemized deductions. Their […]

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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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Delaying tax cuts should be considered, PAR says

An individual income tax reduction passed during last year’s legislative session will reduce state tax revenue by around $360 million for FY10 and will lower taxes by up to $500 for individuals and $1,000 for joint filers. The elimination or delay of this tax cut should be revisited as one of the possible alternatives to […]

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PAR Names Top Five Sunshine Solutions

Sunshine Week (March 15-21, 2009) is a national initiative that highlights the importance of open government and freedom of information. Over the past several decades, PAR has recommended numerous ways to improve citizens’ access to government. Many of those recommendations have been adopted in recent years. However, much remains to be done to bolster transparency, […]

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Constitutional convention only helps future budgets, PAR says

Lately, several public officials have pointed to a constitutional convention as the solution to the state’s budget woes. While constitutional revision is in order to correct some of the longstanding problems with state government, a full rewrite or even limited revision will do nothing to help balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Louisiana […]

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