(PDF Version) Gov. Bobby Jindal made the right move soon after taking office in 2008 when he strengthened the powers of the Office of Inspector General, gave it greater independence, increased its focus on investigations as opposed to audits and helped provide reliable financial support. Highly qualified leadership took charge to restructure the agency and produced […]
Contact: Robert Travis Scott President (225) 926-8414, ext. 221 Former PAR President James C. “Jim” Brandt was honored Tuesday night for his numerous contributions to and longtime service in governmental research. Brandt, who retired as PAR’s president at the end of 2010, was awarded the Frederick P. Gruenberg Award by the Governmental Research Association at […]
Contact: Robert Travis Scott President (225) 926-8414, ext. 221 The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana has released an analysis of the governor’s proposed cash-balance retirement plan for new hires in state government service. The report provides background on the state retirement systems’ unfunded liabilities and identifies the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed new […]
Contact: Robert Travis Scott President (225) 926-8414, ext. 221 The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) will hold its 2012 Annual Conference and Luncheon on Friday, April 27, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. The keynote speaker for the luncheon is Andrea Seabrook, congressional correspondent for National Public Radio. She and fellow […]
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana released a new report today, Toward Stronger Ethics: The Next Steps Forward for Louisiana’s Ethics and Campaign Finance Laws. The report makes 14 recommendations to encourage better compliance with the laws and to strengthen enforcement. The recommendations serve three main objectives: to clarify the law and establish a […]
(PDF Version) Gov. Bobby Jindal has proposed a broad set of K-12 education reform measures that legislators will debate this session. The centerpiece proposal would create school choice options across the state, including state-financed vouchers for private school attendance by low-income students in average or poorly performing public schools. This initiative offers an extraordinary opportunity for […]
The proposed K-12 education reforms are laudable and ambitious. In this new commentary, PAR recognizes the aspects of the proposed reforms that are strong and other aspects that need strengthening. The entire commentary can be found here.