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  • 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.

    Please click here for more information or to become a table sponsor or purchase tickets.

  • 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 for Pre-Order!

    PAR’s Guide to the 2015 Louisiana Legislature is now available for pre-order. PAR's popular Guide contains the information you need about the state's legislators, other elected officials, congressional delegation and state agencies. The Guide includes committee assignments, contact information, sources of income and more.

    Click here for information on ordering the 2015 PAR Guide.

    Thanks to Entergy and Ochsner Health System for underwriting support of the PAR Guide. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available for the Paper Guide and the App. For additional information contact Susan Mintz Kantrow at (225) 926-8414 or

  • 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.

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