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2015

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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PAR Wins National Awards at the Annual GRA Conference

Posted: 08/03/2015 Most Distinguished Research: Innovation in Louisiana: Maximizing Investments in University Research to Promote a Knowledge-Based Economy Outstanding Policy Achievement: Public Records Law: Louisiana Needs a Champion for Open Government GRA’s award for Most Distinguished Research recognizes an outstanding research effort on a challenging subject matter that is ground breaking. PAR’s “Innovation in Louisiana” […]

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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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