Public Affairs Research Council en Insight: On Ethics, Things Have Changed, Dilligence Needed to Keep it That Way This week the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana put out a <a href="" target="_blank">commentary</a> on state ethics policies.<p>PAR President Robert Travis Scott says tweaks are needed to require officials to disclose their reasons when they recuse themselves from a debate or vote. And he says the state needs to be careful not to create an environment ripe for corruption by allowing even modest gifts worth up to $25, as is being considered by the legislature this session.<p>The discussion comes in light of former<a href="" target="_blank"> Gov. Edwin Edwards, who was convicted of racketeering, announcing a Congressional run </a>and <a href="" target="_blank">Gov. Bobby Jindal touting his record on ethics reform</a>.<p><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 56690 at Insight: Hospital Privatization Fodder for Legislative Session and Governor's Race A recent report by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana concludes that with the privatization of the charity hospital system, Louisiana’s safety net is being reinvented.&#160;<p>The reinvention will likely come up again in the legislature when it convenes in March as lawmakers dig up debate on Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. And the candidates for governor will be staking out positions on healthcare reform.<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 52694 at Some Policy Analysts Say Ditch Tax Reform "Plan B" <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the governor’s plan to replace the income tax with a higher and broader sales tax is off the table, lawmakers, policy analysts and other officials are coming up with new ideas.&#160;</span><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor </span>Jindal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> isn’t requiring a new plan to make up for lost revenue, but eliminating the income tax would cost the state 23.7 billion dollars if it’s phased out over the next ten years.</span><div><span style Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:02:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 33268 at PAR: More Info Needed to Make Medicaid Expansion Decision for Louisiana The state legislature’s Joint Insurance Committee met Wednesday to discuss the Affordable Care Act and two crucial, yet voluntary, measures: setting up state health insurance exchanges and expanding Medicaid.<p>At that meeting a representative from the <a href="">Public Affairs Research Council</a> said Louisiana doesn’t have enough information to make a truly informed decision on implementing the healthcare reform law.<p>PAR’s Principle Health Advisor Don Gregory recently authored a <a href="">study</a> about the research done so far on the implications of expanding Medicaid in Louisiana. He says other states have worked to figure out not just the costs, but also the benefits of insuring the uninsured.<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:43:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 31285 at PAR: Hold legislative hearing on voucher standards <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A nonpartisan government watchdog group is asking Superintendent of Education John White to seek legislative guidance as he designs the accountability standards required of schools participating in Louisiana&#39;s new voucher program.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 17:21:25 +0000 The Associated Press 16008 at