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New Taxes, New Troubles

Download PDF Version Here. The first six months of 2016 at the state Capitol brought major tax increases, modest budget cuts and further uncertainty about Louisiana’s financial future and business climate. Although the new governor did not achieve all his goals, he took significant steps in the direction of his preferred policies by raising state [...]

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Transparency in Coastal Restoration Funding: The Need for an Open Process

(PDF Version) Louisiana is poised to receive and spend billions of dollars for coastal protection and restoration over the next decade and beyond.  These funds come from a variety of sources. Louisiana has a duty to demonstrate to its funding authorities as well as its citizens that coastal dollars are being well spent and the […]

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Safeguard Coastal Funding

Click here to  PDF Version As Louisiana is poised to spend some of its BP oil spill settlement on the state operating budget, now is a good time to evaluate the appropriate use of the various new revenue sources the state is receiving related to coastal damages and offshore drilling. The state’s actions could affect future […]

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Mid-year budget plan hides Coastal Fund raid and delayed health care payments

Posted: 11/19/2015 (PDF Version) The Jindal administration is planning to address the latest mid-year state budget crisis with several potential solutions, at least two of which should be reconsidered. One is a raid on the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund, a move that would sweep scarce and specially designated dollars for coastal protection and […]

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2015 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Posted: 06/22/2015 (PDF Version) Now that the governor has signed bills for state appropriations and tax increases and has vetoed a few key bills, the final picture of the 2015 legislative session can be seen in focus. The Legislature and the governor produced a state budget during the recent session that boosted government spending with […]

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The Budget is a Real Piece of Work

Posted: 06/05/2015 (PDF Version) As the Legislature attempts to piece together something resembling a balanced state budget, the puzzle that is taking shape is likely to create new problems for state government and require further adjustments during the next year. Lawmakers can be given credit for facing up to some tough decisions this session. But […]

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High Stakes for High Standards

Posted: 05/12/2015 (PDF Version) The state has entered a high-stakes phase of deciding the future implementation of Common Core State Standards. Some elected officials are seeking to repeal the standards despite considerable investment of time and money by the state, local districts and teachers. While both sides of the debate want to see a new […]

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Louisiana needs a champion for open government

Posted: 04/22/2015 (PDF Version) The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana calls upon the next governor of Louisiana to assert policies and practices for greater transparency in government and to set an example as a champion of accountability and citizen access to public documents and open meetings. In particular, PAR urges the next governor to […]

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Louisiana’s State Budget Vertigo

Magic rabbits, hidden holes and sleights of hand are not the only potential solutions to our fiscal challenge. (PDF Version)  Louisiana’s Legislature is performing a high-wire act without a net as it attempts to balance the government budget. Anticipated state expenses for the next fiscal year are towering above a nearly flat state revenue forecast. As […]

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