Breaking Up Big Tech: The Downside of Bipartisanship

When there is bipartisan agreement on an issue, great things can be accomplished. Just look at criminal justice reforms, which passed in Louisiana two years ago. Thanks to both sides of the aisle coming together, Louisiana’s streets will be safer, while taxpayers will save millions of dollars. But, bipartisan agreement can also be incredibly dangerous.…

“HIGH RISK” DESIGNATION REINFORCES PROBLEMS IN LOUISIANA’S MEDICAID EXPANSION

That the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently designated Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion to the able-bodied as “high risk,” following the release of a “deeply troubling” report by the state’s Legislative Auditor late last year, should surprise no one. As the Pelican Institute first reported last year, enrollment in Medicaid expansion has exploded,…

The Real Story of Louisiana’s Economy

The American economy is growing and growing strong. More than a decade after the financial collapse and great recession, the American economy continues to grow at an impressive rate. The most recent economic report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis continues to reflect this reality, showing a growth in the American economy of 3.4 percent.…

RIGHT ON CRIME PARTNERS WITH THE PELICAN INSTITUTE TO OFFER LOUISIANA PUBLIC SAFETY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM SOLUTIONS

In partnership with Right on Crime, the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute) today released a free-market agenda for smart, sensible criminal justice and public safety reforms under the organization’s policy platform, “A Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana.” Louisianans from all walks of life support policies that accomplish the goals of increasing public safety,…

PELICAN INSTITUTE DOUBLES LOUISIANA TEAM WITH HIRE OF STATE, NATIONAL POLICY AND LEGAL EXPERTS

Today, the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute) announces a significant expansion of its team, with the hiring of Renee Amar as vice president for government affairs, James Baehr as general counsel and Eric Peterson as director of policy. All three are experts in the fields of government affairs and public policy and have…

REFORM LOUISIANA’S EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM TO CREATE FUTURE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY, PELICAN INSTITUTE SAYS

Despite some progress in recent years, it’s no secret that Louisiana’s public educational system still lags behind the rest of the nation in overall performance. For example, Louisiana’s most recent test scores revealed eighth grade reading numbers fell behind 41 other states, while the state’s performance in eighth grade math ranked below 48 states. The…

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What Does Criminal Justice Reform Mean For Louisiana?

Louisiana passed and enacted a Justice Reinvestment Package, what was modeled on successful reforms in other states that have demonstrably improved public safety, reduced crime and recidivism, and also saved taxpayer money at the same time. Recently, these reforms have been in the news across the state, so we wanted to provide some clarification regarding what the…