PAR Hosts its Annual Conference - April 23, 2015
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana will hold its Annual Conference on Thursday, April 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge celebrating PAR's 65th anniversary. This year the keynote speaker will be Walt Handelsman, two-time, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Advocate. The conference encourages PAR members and citizens to share business and policy strategies and experiences with other successful stakeholders from all over the state, as well as learn from interactive seminars and speakers. Join us at our 2015 Annual Conference.
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PAR Releases Report on State Hospital Reforms
A New Safety Net: The risk and reward of Louisiana’s Charity hospital privatizations
Louisiana’s reinvention of the Charity hospital system is a controversial and complex health care reform. PAR examines this historic initiative with an in-depth report, A New Safety Net: The risk and reward of Louisiana’s Charity hospital privatizations. The report explains the transformation and evaluates the advantages and disadvantages for the state, the communities and the healthcare system. A special section provides a deal-by-deal breakdown of the new agreements affecting most regions of the state.
The authors of the report are former Louisiana Medicaid Director Don Gregory and PAR Research Director Alison Neustrom, PhD.
Click here to view the full report.
PAR Annual Legislative Guides Now Available!
PAR's popular Guide contains the information you need about the state's legislators, elected officials and agencies. The hardcopy guides are now available for purchase. Click here for information on ordering paper guides.
Thanks to underwriting support from Ochsner Health System and the software development expertise of hSoft Consulting, PAR's Legislative Guide is also available as a FREE mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
The FREE app includes information on members of the Louisiana Legislature, statewide office holders and members of Louisiana's Congressional delegation. Additionally, you'll have access to PAR's Guide to the Constitutional Amendments; PAR's Citizen's Rights Card on open meeting and public records; and the latest policy insights, recommendations and news from PAR. App content is updated automatically throughout the year. Search for "PAR Guide" on Apple or Google's app stores, or download the app directly by clicking here for iPhone/iPad or Android devices.
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.
Click here to view the full report.
PAR Commentaries Cover Key Issues of the 2014 Legislative Session
From the pre-session preview to the end-of-session wrap-up, PAR’s commentaries have provided education and analysis of the 2014 Legislative season. Highlights include the state budget, Coastal Fund protection, the Tulane Legislative Scholarship program and ethics and campaign finance law. PAR also provided research and recommendations to improve the long-term impact of cost-of-living adjustments in the state retirement programs.
Click here to see PAR's commentaries.