PAR Releases Commentary - Safeguard Coastal Funding
PAR released a commentary evaluating the appropriate use of the various new revenue sources the state is receiving related to coastal damages and offshore drilling.
PAR supports the governor's plan to spend the first portion of a BP economic damages settlement toward the immediate budget crisis. Any similar use of other designated coastal resources for the state budget or non-coastal pet projects would be harmful to the state's goal of maintaining federal and national support and restoring and protecting the coastal region.
Given the recent attempts by the President to raid Louisiana's offshore revenue sharing, it is critically important that coastal funds are used only for coastal purposes. To do otherwise would provide ammunition to those who would seek to divert money away from Louisiana.
To access the full commentary, simply click here.
The special session left hard choices but made significant changes and set up Louisiana's opportunity to move forward with reform.
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana has released a commentary setting the stage for the regular legislative session beginning today and highlighting the major actions of the recently finished special session. Despite the continuing fiscal challenges, the state has an opportunity to control costs and create sustainable long-term solutions.
For the commentary, click here .
Order the PAR Guide to the 2016 Legislature Available
PAR’s Guide to the 2016 Louisiana Legislature is now available for pre-order.
Get in touch with the right people at the right time! PAR's popular Guide contains the information you need about the state's legislators, other elected officials, congressional delegation and agencies. The Guide includes committee assignments, contact information, sources of income and much more.
Click here for information on ordering the 2016 PAR Guide.
Thanks to Entergy, Fishman Haygood, Ochsner, Verizon and Cyber Fision for their underwriting support of the PAR Guide.
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.