Onerous Licensing Laws in Louisiana Licensing laws in Louisiana have always been onerous. We are, after all, the only state in the union that licenses florists. That bears repeating: we are the only state in the U.S. that has the dubious distinction of demanding that florists be a licensed profession. Why is this? Well, often…
A recent survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has identified Louisiana as the worst state in the nation for lawsuit climate. What that means is that businesses are being scared away from Louisiana by the threat of lawsuits.
The Brewers Association, a beer industry non-profit, has ranked Louisiana 48th out of the 50 states for breweries per capita in a recent report. This is not for lack of love for beer, but because Louisiana’s regulatory and tax environment for breweries is unfavorable. We’ve set the wrong incentives, that is all, and it is easy enough to fix
The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, better known as LABI, recently published the Louisiana Legislature Scorecard 2017. This is always a good way to figure out how your legislators have been voting on key issues of importance to the economy. Whether it’s for criminal justice, taxes, or budgetary issues, the LABI Scorecard tracks it all.
The criminal justice reform package that has been pushed by Louisiana Smart on Crime, Pelican Institute, LABI, Blueprint Louisiana, C100 Louisiana, and others has just passed the House and Senate, paving the way for the Governor to sign the ten bills into law.
Today, Smart on Crime Louisiana, Right On Crime, and the Pelican Institute for Public Policy released a new video making the business case for criminal justice reform in Louisiana. The video features state business leaders James M. “Jay” Lapeyre Jr. and John Finan Jr. and is being heavily promoted online throughout Louisiana.
The Pelican Institute and R Street Institute conducted a study into how the Border Adjustment Tax would affect Louisiana consumers and the insurance market in the state.
This year we have a critical opportunity to advance criminal justice reform in Louisiana. In that effort, Smart on Crime Louisiana has combined efforts with Right on Crime Louisiana to advance a conservative, business-led approach to be both tough and smart on crime.
Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the nation, costing taxpayers nearly $700 million per year with poor outcomes. Now is the time to act to reform our state’s criminal justice system and invest in evidence-backed alternatives to incarceration for low risk offenders. Reinvestment reform packages have already passed in other states including Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Mississippi where they have effectively reduced imprisonment, saved billions, and increased public safety.
It is important that we maintain a firm commitment to small businesses and to the economic principles that instill confidence in the entrepreneurs who run them.
The issue is whether charter school leadership will make the decision on when or whether to return to the OPSB or whether the legislature in Baton Rouge will.