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2008

PAR Says Proposed Tax Cut is Shortsighted Fiscal Policy

The bottom could fall out of the state budget if the bottom falls out of oil prices. To prevent an economic crisis in the future, the state should maintain budget flexibility and a diverse revenue base that includes a progressive personal income tax. The proposed return to pre-Stelly income tax rates and the state’s growing […]

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PAR Says Adopt Performance Funding for Higher Education

Click here for a copy of the report. A new report by the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) recommends changes in higher education policy to increase student success rates. “Higher Education Performance Funding: Louisiana’s Options” finds Louisiana institutions continue to rank below their peers on a wide variety of indicators, such as graduation rates and […]

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PAR Recommends Spending Transparency Reforms

Click here for a copy of the report. State contracts with private entities are the citizens’ window into how taxpayer dollars for goods and services are spent. PAR’s new report “Strengthening the Standards: A Case Study of Disaster-Related Contracting Practices in Louisiana” offers recommendations to improve spending transparency, minimize conflict of interest and prepare for […]

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PAR Says Stronger Burden of Proof Weakens Ethics Reform

A recent change to the state’s ethics code will weaken the enforceability of the state’s ethics laws by making violations more difficult to prove. There have been no problems cited with the lesser burden of proof, which continues to be in effect until August 15. Rather, increasing the burden of proof seems to be an […]

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PAR Elects Officers and Directors for 2008-2009

David Eustis, senior vice president of Whitney National Bank of New Orleans, was elected chairman of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) Board of Directors at the organization’s annual conference in Baton Rouge on Friday, April 25. This will be his second year of service as PAR board chairman. The PAR Board also elected Donna […]

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