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Guest Commentary: Introducing “Article V 2.0″: The Compact for a Balanced Budget
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Guest Commentary: Introducing “Article V 2.0″: The Compact for a Balanced Budget

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What if the states could advance and ratify a powerful federal balanced budget amendment in just twelve months? It could happen with a new approach to state-originated amendments under Article V of the United States Constitution.

Smart on Sentencing, Smart on Crime: An Argument for Reforming Louisiana’s Determinate Sentencing Laws
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Smart on Sentencing, Smart on Crime: An Argument for Reforming Louisiana’s Determinate Sentencing Laws

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A new study details how Louisiana can reduce its prison population and corrections spending without lessening public safety by eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders and reforming its habitual offender law.

Tough on Crime or Right on Crime?
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Tough on Crime or Right on Crime?

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Louisiana can find a better way to fight crime, prioritize victims and protect taxpayers.

Record 47 Million Americans Now Receive Food Stamps
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Record 47 Million Americans Now Receive Food Stamps

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Although food stamp participation rates typically increase during a recession, a new study demonstrates that the rate of growth between 2008 and 2012 is unique.

Higher Ed, Higher Salaries
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Higher Ed, Higher Salaries

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The issue of higher education salaries has caught the attention of state Rep. Simone Champagne, R-Erath. She passed a resolution this session requesting that the Board of Regents “study executive compensation at the university system offices and boards.” The final report is due to lawmakers in early February 2013.