PAR Releases Guide to the 2015 Constitutional Amendments
PAR released its Guide to the 2015 Constitutional Amendments for the October 24 ballot.
Each year, PAR assists Louisiana citizens with a FREE in-depth review of the proposed constitutional amendments. Last year the PAR amendment guide was downloaded from our website more than 330,000 times, reaching a large portion of the voting population at no cost to the public. The value of this indispensible resource is further amplified by the PAR staff’s numerous media interviews across the state leading up to the election.
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PAR Releases Report on Innovation in Louisiana
Innovation in Louisiana: Maximizing Investment in University Research to Promote a Knowledge-Based Economy
Opportunity is knocking for Louisiana. The report makes the case for why innovation matters in Louisiana and focuses on two major elements: the intellectual infrastructure in our universities and the mechanisms for knowledge transfer into the economy. The report examines the state of university research and development in Louisiana and makes recommendations to state leaders, higher education officials and businesses to foster a better environment for innovation.
Click here to view report through interactive webpage.                                                         Click here to download report as a pdf.
PAR Releases Commentary - Louisiana Needs a Champion for Open Government
PAR released a commentary on the public records laws. PAR 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 meetings.
In particular, PAR urges the next governor to adopt a more narrow definition and application of the deliberative process privilege and to prevent the privilege from being claimed inappropriately throughout state and local government. A list of this and other PAR recommendations is provided. A special report on the deliberative process privilege is attached after the commentary.
To access the full commentary and special report, simply click here.