Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to make tax reform a top issue during the 2013 Legislative Session, prompting early preparation by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, the nonprofit announced Thursday.

Here’s what PAR president Robert Travis Scott says about the panel in a press release sent Thursday:

The members of the Tax Advisory Group will offer their insights and expertise to PAR. The scope of the group’s work will be determined by the members over the course of several weeks. The group’s analysis will inform PAR’s positions on tax reforms, which could include solutions for both the short and long term. Additionally, the Advisory Group could play a more distinct role by choosing to make a statement, provide some guiding principles or propose recommendations.


Along with UL Lafayette vice-president of administration and finance, Jerry Luke LeBlanc, the panel includes:

Co-Chair: Jim Richardson, Louisiana State University economist and past PAR Chairman

Co-Chair: Robert Travis Scott, PAR President

Facilitator: Angele Davis, management consultant and former commissioner of administration

Jay Campbell, Associated Grocers Inc. and PAR board member

John Dean, Heard, McElroy & Vestal LLC

Chris Dicharry, Kean Miller LLP

Mark Drennen, Cornerstone Government Affairs Group, former commissioner of administration and former PAR President

Nicole Gould - Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP and former Department of Revenue attorney

Jerry Luke LeBlanc - University of Louisiana Lafayette, former commissioner of administration and former House Appropriations Chairman

John Pierre, Southern University Law Center

William Potter, Postlethwaite & Nettervill

Kimberly Robinson, Jones Walker LLP and former attorney at the Department of Revenue and governor’s office

Tim Ryan, University of New Orleans economist

William Scheffy, former banker and CFO and PAR board member

Steven Sheffrin,  Tulane University economist





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