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PAR launched a new initiative providing ongoing fiscal oversight of the state’s spending on coastal restoration and protection and its job impacts. PAR will identify issues concerning fiscal policy, transparency and the decision making process but will not cover environmental or engineering evaluations.
This portal is designed to serve as a guide and resource to citizens about Louisiana’s Sunshine Laws. Statutes that require government agencies to do their work in public are called “sunshine laws.” These laws typically govern public records and meetings. Each state has their own sunshine laws. Federal government agencies must follow the “Federal Freedom of Information Act.”
To help Louisiana’s citizens and decision-makers better understand the state’s budget deficit, PAR has developed a hub containing links to important organizations and academic resources. Exclusive PAR reports and commentary on the 2016 regular and extraordinary sessions can also be found here.
After 19 weeks in session — the longest in the Louisiana Legislature’s history — much was accomplished, but the future remains precarious, or so sums up the thoughts of the big three Baton Rouge-based good-government think tanks. Steven Procopio, policy director at PAR, told the Leaders With Vision 22nd Reality Check luncheon that legislators did generate $1.5 billion of the $1.8 billion Gov. John Bel Edwards said he needed to bridge the budget shortfall.
Despite the rhetoric that Louisiana’s two special legislative sessions this year were failures because a budget shortfall still exists, Gov. John Bel Edwards actually got most of what he wanted accomplished, the policy director of the Public Affairs Research Council said today. At the Leaders With Vision 22nd Reality Check luncheon, held annually after the Legislature adjourns, Steven Procopio told the roughly 40 attendees that the Edwards administration was pretty successful in what it wanted to do.