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2009

PAR wins national awards at the annual GRA conference

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) recently won two national awards from the Governmental Research Association (GRA). GRA is a national organization of individuals and groups who study and make recommendations on state and local policy issues. The awards to PAR were presented during the annual GRA conference held last week in Washington, […]

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More highway funding needed, PAR says

Click here to download a copy of the report. Significant new revenue will be required to prevent the long-term deterioration of the highway system, the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) says in a report released today entitled “Moving Highway Funding to Stable Ground.” The second in a two-part series on highway funding, this report examines […]

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PAR receives endowment for internship

The Public Affairs Research Council recently received a major gift from the estate of a former employee to establish the Emogene Pliner Research Internship Endowment Fund. Additional donors include Charles Ellis Brown and Sean Reilly and Jennifer Eplett-Reilly. “Emogene’s family and friends are pleased that PAR established a research internship and named it in her […]

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PAR elects new member to Board of Directors

The PAR Board of Directors recently elected Fran Gladden, of Baton Rouge, to a three-year term ending in 2012. She is the Cox Communications vice president of government affairs. Gladden is responsible for all aspects of governmental, public, media and community relations for Cox in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette markets. For more than 28 […]

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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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PAR says public records bill would stifle open government

Two bills introduced this session, which would have opened most of the governor’s records to the public, are all but dead due to strong opposition from the administration. Instead, the administration supports SB 278, which purports to move Louisiana forward in executive branch transparency but would actually deliver a devastating blow to open government. SB […]

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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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PAR says keep eighth-grade LEAP standards intact

Currently, an eighth-grade student in Louisiana must score at least at the Basic level in either English/Language Arts or Mathematics on the LEAP test and at the Approaching Basic level in the other area to be promoted to the ninth grade. Two bills being considered by the Legislature would lower that standard for overage eighth-graders. […]

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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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