Left in the Dust: Louisiana Ridesharing Still Lags Behind

Just a decade ago, the idea of using your cellphone to get ride from a complete stranger, driving their personal car, seemed ludicrous.  But with more than 10 billion rides completed, this idea is not only accepted, but commonplace in many places around the world. However, in Louisiana, many are still left out of the…

State data reveals major issue with Louisiana Medicaid expansion

Please click to view the full detailed solutions paper from the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute). Today, in its newest deep dive paper, the Pelican Institute revealed that since implementing Medicaid expansion, tens of thousands of Louisianans have dropped private health insurance coverage to enroll in Medicaid, costing the program more than $145 million…

Beverages to Geaux

Since the first drive-thru daiquiri stand opened in Lafayette in 1981, the boozy, sugary drink-on-the-go concept has spread far and wide and is undoubtedly a Louisiana institution. But, while picking up a daiquiri (or two) has become a Louisiana tradition, businesses offering alcohol delivery services have been off the menu. Thankfully, two pieces of legislation,…

Louisiana lawmakers must reform and modernize sales tax code, Pelican Institute and National Taxpayers Union Foundation says

Today, as part of the Pelican Institute’s “A Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana,” the organization announced its partnership with NTUF to present solutions to reforming Louisiana’s complicated and outdated sales tax code in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair. This decision overturned a previous precedent that required a business…

Occupational Licensing Reform Needed to create and maintain jobs

With Presidential candidates revealing plans to forgive billions of dollars in student loan debt, it no surprise that the conversation has centered around debt incurred at four-year universities. But four-year universities are hardly the only place students are racking up thousands in debt. Students around the country are also undergoing significant debt in order to…

LAWSUIT ABUSE AND NEEDLESS REGULATIONS ARE HOLDING LOUISIANA BACK, PELICAN INSTITUTE SAYS

As Louisiana lawmakers seek to make our state more inviting to job creators and seekers, there are two areas in desperate need of addressing – Louisiana’s abysmal legal and regulatory structures. From overreaching occupational licensing laws to predatory state-sanctioned litigation against the state’s largest job creators, legal and regulatory issues continue to stifle hard-working Louisiana…

It’s No Secret Why People are Leaving Louisiana

Ever since the new estimates from the U.S Census Bureau showing that both Louisiana and the City of New Orleans have lost population for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, there have been plenty of questions as to why. Luckily for us, more government data paints a crystal clear picture for the reason people are…

Learn About Making School Spending More Transparent in the New Citizens Guide to Education

In today’s hyper-partisan times, there is at least one thing all Louisianans should agree on: our state is struggling to provide a quality education for its students. Our state continues to lag behind the rest of the nation, ranking 46 out of 50 in quality of schools and second to last in quality of education.…