2013 Session Commentary
PAR has issued a wrap-up of the 2013 Legislative Session. Although the Legislature succeeded admirably in crafting a budget with bi-partisan and bi-cameral cooperation under stressful conditions, the state continues to obligate itself to greater fiscal costs and constraints, likely leading to future problems. This summary includes an overview of the 2014 state budget, successes and challenges of the session and highlights in education and health care policy.
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PAR Issues Research Brief on Tax Reform
PAR has released a report that outlines key taxes issues facing the state and placing these into the context of the current debate on reform. The report summarizes the challenges in various areas of Louisiana tax policy and offers potential remedies for consideration. The report also reviews the Governor’s so-called Plan A proposal and draws important lessons from that initiative as the Legislature continues to consider new proposals.
The full research brief can be found here.
PAR Examines Key Components of the Governor's Tax Reform Plan
PAR has prepared an initial review of the governor's tax reform plan.
Louisiana’s discussion of tax reform has begun. The proposals on the table will generate the most significant fiscal policy debate in many years in Louisiana. This initial review by PAR makes several observations about the current reform package and the primary numerical assumptions underlying the proposal. Whatever decisions are made, they should be based on objective, well-supported and verifiable information.
See the entire commentary here.
PAR Issues Research Brief on Medicaid Expansion
March 28, 2013 Update: PAR issues statement on updated analysis by DHH on the Medicaid expansion. Click here to read the statement.
In this research brief, PAR reviews existing analyses on the impact of a Medicaid expansion to Louisiana. PAR finds gaps in these analyses and make several public policy recommendations for the governor and Legislature.
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