Better Than a Bailout: Spending Cuts and Transparency

Last week Gov. Bobby Jindal outlined six fiscal policy reforms that will bring greater flexibility, accountability and transparency to the state budget. Specifically, these reforms will: Raise the cap on cutting budgetary spending units Eliminate the two-year limit on dedicated fund reductions Enhance dedicated fund accountability through performance reviews Enact a four-year sunset for statutorily…

Welcome Back, Welfare

One of the great policy triumphs of this era has been welfare reform. After decades of growth, the disastrous Aid to Families with Dependent Children program was scrapped in 1997 and states were finally given incentives to limit the number of people added to their welfare rolls. In addition, more stringent work requirements and time…

Transparency in the News

The issue of transparency continues to gain traction. I recommend two brief and informative articles, one from the Economist and the other from the Atlantic Monthly. Gov. Jindal clearly appreciates the significance of increased transparency. LaTrac is in its early stages, but I believe it will continue to develop into a comprehensive and useful transparency…

Welcome to The Pelican Post!

The Pelican Post is the blog of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. Our focus is on policy and politics in Louisiana, with an occasional detour into food, music and whatever else strikes our fancy. The Pelican Institute is a non-profit research and education institution that conducts scholarly research and analysis of Louisiana public policy.…