I.Link.Louisiana

I.Link.Louisiana is a gateway to contemporary research, state rankings and informative media related to public policy issues. It provides links to original research reports conducted by organizations, foundations, universities, media and government agencies nationwide that reflect on the Pelican State. It also provides Louisiana government reports not otherwise available or easily accessible on the Internet.

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The views and research in these reports are not PAR's, but are
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New Research and Analysis
TAX POLICY

State Tax Collections Reached Record High in 2012 - Governing Magazine

List of Services to Taxed - released by Department of Revenue on March 19, 2013

List of Services Not Taxable - released by the Department of Revenue on March 19, 2013

Sales Tax Exemptions to be retained (listed by Tax Exemption Budget number) - released by the Department of Revenue on March 19, 2013

Sales Tax Exemptions Eliminated -(listed by Tax Exemption Budget number) - released by the Department of Revenue on March 19, 2013

Draft of Tax Bill as released by the House Ways and Means Committee on March 19, 2013

Department of Economic Development and Department of Revenue's Primer on State Tax Structure in Louisiana

Tax Foundation's 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index

Tax Foundation's Annual State-Local Tax Burden Ranking

The Tax Foundation's report "Location Matters: A Comparative Analysis of State Tax Costs on Business"

The Louisiana Budget Project provides fiscal analyses of state fiscal issues.

The Louisiana Legislature's Revenue Study Commission was established to study the state's tax expenditures, to determine models or methods which may be used to measure their performance, and to make recommendations relative to low-performing or antiquated tax expenditures.

The Law Institute Tax Study Committee was created by SCR 88 of 1999. They issued a report on proposed reforms in May 2000. These materials are useful to review in light of pending tax reform in Louisiana. Summary materials are available here and more extensive documentation is available upon request.

Revenue Study Commission Department of Revenue Presentation to the Revenue Study Commission . The Revenue Study Commission was created by SCR 103 of the 2012 Regular Legislative Session. This presentation by the Department of Revenue provides an overview of Louisiana's tax structure, revenue sources and exemptions.

OTHER RECENT RESEARCH RESOURCES

Analysis of Baton Rouge Independent School Districts.
BRAC and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) commissioned a report of independent school districts in East Baton Rouge Parish. Dr. James A. Richardson, alumni professor of economics at LSU, and Mr. Roy L. Heidelberg, visiting researcher at LSU, completed this analysis of independent school districts in East Baton Rouge Parish. A complete report of their findings can be found here.

Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees
A new study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that certificates are the fastest growing form of postsecondary credential in the U.S., increasing from 6 percent of postsecondary awards in 1980 to 22 percent of awards today. The study also shows that 20 percent of certificate holders go on to get two-year college degrees and an additional 13 percent ultimately earn a bachelor’s degree.

The Greenfield School Revolution and School Choice
This report by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice explores why school choice has not produced the type of overall radical change needed in the country's education system and argues that what is needed is a complete reinvention in the form of "greenfield school models."

Isolation of state capitals linked to degree of corruption
A new study finds that the more isolated a state's capital is, the more likely corruption is to exist. At the same time, a Chicago Tribune story about the study delves into the study's accompanying charts to determine which state capitals are among the most corrupt.

Evidence Counts: Evaluating State Tax Incentives for Jobs and Growth
The Pew Center releases a report evaluating the effectiveness of tax incentives in the United States.

Louisiana's state retirement systems
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor has received the results of a legal analysis of proposed legislation focused on the state's retirement systems.

In a commentary for The Political Desk, PAR President Robert Travis Scott has some suggestions for legislators as they debate measures affecting the state's retirement systems.

The latest edition of LPB's Louisiana Public Square examines the state's retirement systems and the legislation proposed to overhaul them.

Is Department of Children and Families performance information relevant?
Louisiana Legislative Auditor report on the relevance of performance information of two programs of the LA Department of Children and Family Services.

In Florida, vouchers bring modest improvement to public education
WRKF interview (story and sound file) with a researcher who has studied Florida’s voucher system.

Sen. Landrieu discusses proposed education reforms
In a letter to Louisiana legislators, the senator raises some questions.

Louisiana K-12 & School Choice Survey
This survey by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and the Pelican Institute for Public Policy finds 60 percent of Louisiana voters support expanding the school voucher plan.

Making Choice Right: Can Private School Vouchers Live Up to Their Promises?
This Bureau of Governmental Research study details some flaws in the proposed legislation.

Grading the nation: How accountable is your state?
This Center for Public Integrity report gives Louisiana a C+.

What impact do tax credits have on tax collections in Louisiana?
Louisiana Legislative Auditor report provides a review of tax credits and exemptions including the impact of credits on tax collections in Louisiana.

Louisiana improves tax climate for business
A report by the Tax Foundation places Louisiana in a favorable tax climate for businesses compared to other states. The report is similar to a 2002 PAR study.

State worker levels declining
A report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor tracks a major reduction in the number (thought not payroll) of state workers in the past six years. The report also scrutinizes the how agencies hire workers who are not reflected in the executive budget.

Changes proposed for ethics administration
The governor recommends changes and clarifications to the ethics code, campaign finance laws and the system for prosecuting and judging cases. Also, the Louisiana Board of Ethics sends a letter to the governor and legislative leaders with recommendations for changes and clarifications in laws governing conflicts of interest, campaign finance disclosures and lobbying.

State pension reforms in limelight
From the National Conference of State Legislatures, here is a quick and timely overview of what states are up to with government pension reform efforts, including defined contribution and hybrid retirement plans. 2/5/12

New education rankings
Louisiana gets an encouraging grade for education in a recent analysis and ranking called The State of State Science Standards 2012 , by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. See page 80 for the Louisiana profile. 2/5/12

A less flattering review of Louisiana education policy and performance was reported in Education Week’s Quality Counts report for 2012. 2/5/12

The study’s web site includes an interactive report card on the states (Louisiana scored a C+).

This video of Dr. Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, offers his view of K-12 education reform at the Leadership for Change conference in Baton Rouge on Jan. 30, 2012. Indiana in recent years has implemented a series of reforms related to accountability, failing schools and classroom discipline. 2/5/12

Higher education changes recommended
This is the new full report from Louisiana’s Higher Education Governance Commission , which recommended stronger powers for the Board of Regents. 2/5/12

A contrasting draft report, prepared for the Regents by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems , recommends fundamental consolidations in the state higher education campuses and systems. The Regents sent NCHEMS back to the drawing board for a revised draft. 2/5/12

State budget and finances
The National Conference of State Legislatures notes state fiscal woes in this 14-page Fiscal Brief, with state by state comparisons. 2/5/12

Reactions to federal health care reform
A report by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation - Establishing Health Insurance Exchanges: A National Overview of State Efforts -- shows how states are progressing in implementing one portion of the Affordable Helath Care Act. The report includes a two page overview and a Louisiana profile. 1/28/12

The views and research in these reports are not PAR's, but are
linked as an information service.

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