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2009

Don’t increase the homestead exemption, PAR says

Louisiana provides one of the highest homestead property tax exemptions in the nation. Homeowners are exempt from paying most property taxes on the first $75,000 of their home value, keeping property taxes quite low compared to elsewhere. Yet, several constitutional amendments are being considered this legislative session that would increase the homestead exemption. The proposals […]

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No whining for dining, PAR Says

Louisiana’s ethics code generally prohibits public servants from receiving things of economic value, barring certain exceptions. Past exceptions, such as free tickets to events and lavish wining and dining from special interest groups, fueled public perception that access to policy makers could be bought. As a result, exceptions such as these were eliminated or scaled […]

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Records bill would thwart transparency, PAR says

Louisiana law generally provides that documents of public bodies shall be open to the public. However, hundreds of exceptions to the general rule have been created both in statute and case law. This session, the Legislature is again considering redefining the public records exception for the office of the governor. One bill (SB 278) being […]

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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 Says Strengthen Regents’ Authority

Click here for a copy of the report. A new report by the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) recommends strengthened authority for the Board of Regents to enable the development of a more coherent and efficient statewide strategy for higher education. “Higher Education Governance Structure: Louisiana’s Options for Keeping Pace” finds that the governance structure […]

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PAR Releases 2009 Guide to the Legislature

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) has just released its Guide to the 2009 Louisiana Legislature. The updated Guide is a useful, pocket-sized booklet filled with key information about Louisiana’s legislators, state elected officials and agencies. “We are very pleased to offer our new legislative guide in time for the Regular Legislative Session, […]

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PAR Holds 2009 Annual Conference and Luncheon on April 24

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) will hold its 2009 Annual Conference and Luncheon on Friday, April 24, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn Select) in Baton Rouge. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available for reservation now. Gerald Seib will deliver the luncheon keynote speech, “The Obama Presidency: Great […]

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PAR Urges School Board Reform

Over the past few months, the chorus of voices pressing for reforms in the way local school boards operate has grown. At the same time, those insisting there is nothing wrong with the way local school boards operate have grown more vehement. Meanwhile, Louisiana’s public education system continues to hug the bottom of most lists […]

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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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