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  • PAR Release 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.

  • 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 Released Policy Brief on Film Tax Credit Incentives

    The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana has released a new report that analyzes the state’s film tax credit incentives and recommends changes to limit the excessive costs and develop a more Louisiana-focused program. The PAR report clears up common misperceptions and exaggerations about the program, explains how the credit process affects state finances in the long term and offers specific and general recommendations to improve results.

    The PAR study also makes more general points about the future direction of state policy on this issue. The economic development challenge for Louisiana is not just to win more major film projects but to position itself in the emerging and converging entertainment fields of film, animation, digital interactive media, gaming, software and sound recording.

  • PAR Releases Reports on the State Budget Crisis

    PAR has released two documents analyzing the state’s fiscal problems and the budget challenges facing the governor and Legislature.

    PAR’s Guide to the State Budget Crisis examines the fiscal condition of the state, including the historical factors that lead us to the current crisis. This report reviews the decisions and circumstances that created Louisiana’s chronic and compounding budget sustainability problem. It serves as an educational primer on state budgeting and it investigates the familiar as well as the obscure but critical elements of state taxing and spending. Click here to see full report.

    Louisiana's State Budget Vertigo is a PAR commentary that identifies holes in the executive budget and reviews specific proposals to deal the financial shortfall. Click here to view State Budget Commentary .

  • PAR releases commentary: High Stakes for High Standards

    Accountability, constitutional integrity and democratic principles should guide the adoption and review of state educational academic standards.

    The state has entered a high-stakes phase of deciding the future implementation of Common Core State Standards. Some elected officials are seeking to repeal the standards despite considerable investment of time and money by the state, local districts and teachers. The governor's plan would mean that over a four-year period Louisiana teachers and students would be coping with three different sets of academic standards and assessments. This is unacceptable.

    This PAR commentary suggests that the state in the long run is best served by observing existing constitutional and democratic principles, even if the state standards are changed.

    To access the full commentary, simply click here

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