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2006

PAR Says Keep Ban on Contributions During Session

A bill aiming to repeal a major ethics reform that restricts campaign contributions during legislative sessions is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday. The law being targeted prohibits campaign contributions to legislators and the governor during regular legislative sessions. The ban, recommended by PAR in 1995, was a key part of the Governor’s 2004 ethics […]

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Keep Focus on Performance Not 65% Solution, PAR Says

A proposal to force school districts to spend a minimum share of their operating budgets in the classroom should be rejected. A 65% instructional spending requirement for Louisiana school districts would reduce the flexibility of education funding likely without providing any boost to student performance, the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) says in its report […]

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PAR Releases “Guide to the 2006 Louisiana Legislature”

The Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) is now accepting orders for its Guide to the 2006 Louisiana Legislature. The 2006 Guide is presented in a handy, pocket-sized version with underwriting support provided by Entergy Louisiana. “We are very pleased to offer our new legislative Guide in time for the Regular Legislative Session, which opens on March 27. The new format […]

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PAR’s Special Session Wrap-up

A few important reforms were enacted in the 2006 special legislative session that ended today. While the usual political resistance to change was cause for some embarrassment, the successes realized this session may have been just enough to improve the national perception of Louisiana and set the stage for the state’s recovery. Passage of the […]

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PAR Recommends Levee Board Consolidation

Governance of the fragmented system of levee districts in the southeast region of the state should be consolidated in a single board with the focused mission to coordinate flood control efforts for the entire area. This is a necessary foundation for securing investment in Louisiana’s recovery. A consolidated, regional levee authority would centralize responsibility for […]

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PAR Says Embed Recovery Authority in Law

A top priority of the upcoming special legislative session should be to establish in law the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA). This will remove any doubt about the entity’s authority to plan the spending of the billions in recovery funding that has been granted by Congress so far. Reasonable and appropriate opportunity for legislative review of […]

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PAR Accepts Orders for “Guide to the 2006 Louisiana Legislature”

The Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) is now accepting orders for its Guide to the 2006 Louisiana Legislature. The updated Guide is a useful, pocket-sized booklet filled with key information about Louisiana’s legislators, state elected officials and agencies. “Thanks to Entergy’s continued support, PAR is once again offering this user-friendly and practical tool for all who follow state […]

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