Watch All the PeliCast Episodes for the COVID-19 Information You Need

In March, we announced the launch of the PeliCast, a new webinar series focused around issues impacting Louisianans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, we’ve had great guests from around the state and nation join us in covering topics like education tips for parents and teachers, the role of the Constitution during COVID-19, the importance of lifting occupational licensing barriers during the…

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An Unprecedented Memorial Day in Louisiana

Memorial Day is about remembering those who gave their lives to defend this great country we all love. This should still be first and foremost in the minds of everyone today. But this Memorial Day is also different than any other in our state’s history. Many across Louisiana are facing desperate circumstances and the need…

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Pelican Responds to Selection of Next State Superintendent

Today, in an eight to three vote, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) selected Dr. Cade Brumley as the next state Superintendent of Education. The following is a statement from Ethan Melancon, director of education policy at the Pelican Institute, regarding the selection. “The Pelican Institute would like to extend a warm congratulations…

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Pelican Files Brief in California Property Rights Case

What if the government forced you to rent out property you own to a virtual stranger for his or her lifetime? The Pelican Institute’s Center for Justice recently filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Peyman Pakdel’s petition for rehearing en banc pending in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The lawsuit implicates the…

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Pelican Responds to State Plan to Reopen Louisiana’s Economy

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Louisiana will begin implementing Phase 1 of the federal government’s reopening guidelines on May 15. Pelican released the following statement from CEO Daniel Erspamer regarding the state’s plan to reopen Louisiana’s economy and ease lockdown restrictions. “For the last month, the Pelican Institute has urged Louisiana leaders to begin…

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New Louisiana Unemployment Claims Continue to Climb

Soon after the Louisiana legislature was gaveled back into session, a tense debate began over whether the state should open on a statewide or regional basis. And while valid points are being offered on both sides of this issue, no one can deny the seriousness of the economic crisis we’re facing due to the closure…

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Pelican Lists Qualities it Seeks in Next State Superintendent

Today, the Pelican Institute released a list of key beliefs the next state Superintendent of Education should possess in leading Louisiana’s education system. On May 20, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is expected to select the next superintendent from a slate of its top six candidates. After recently surveying Louisiana citizens…

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Louisiana Initial Unemployment Claims Top 440,000

On Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards extended the statewide stay-at-home order to May 15. Meanwhile, the number of initial unemployment claims in Louisiana topped 440,000, and an estimate of our state’s real time unemployment rate sat at 27.5 percent. While the COVID-19 crisis is certainly raising valid concerns about public health, the economic damage inflicted by the…

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Pelican Responds to Gov. Edwards’ Extension of Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he is extending Louisiana’s statewide stay-at-home order to May 15. The following is a statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive officer of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute), regarding Gov. Edwards’ decision and what it means for Louisiana’s working families. “Hundreds of thousands of Louisiana families continue…

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Path Needed to Get Louisiana Working

by Daniel Erspamer, CEO of the Pelican Institute Throughout our shared history, Americans – and Louisianans, in particular – have faced down many crises, from war to drought to floods to illness. Through determination, innovation and ingenuity, a strong sense of community and patriotism, and a stubborn will to succeed, we’ve prevailed. These principles are…

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Pelican Hires Louisiana Native as VP for Advocacy

Today, the Pelican Institute announced the hiring of Louisiana native and grassroots advocacy professional John Kay as its new vice president for advocacy. Kay will assume the same role with an aligned tax-exempt organization, Pelican Action, Inc. Kay’s introduction signifies a new chapter for the Pelican Institute, as the organization plans to rally Louisianans around…

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Tech News: Three Cheers for the Internet!

Despite the gorgeous weather in large swaths of the country, the recent spread of COVID-19 and extensions of stay at home orders by several governors is forcing many Americans to stay indoors. Just a few years ago, this kind of large-scale self-isolation would have taken an even greater mental toll on people, but thankfully, today’s…

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Louisiana’s 2019 GDP Ranked Among The Worst in Nation

As economic news continues to focus on the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ (BEA) recently released report further underscored Louisiana’s pre-coronavirus economic struggles. In the final quarter of 2019, the BEA report on state Gross Domestic Products (GDP) showed the Louisiana economy grew an anemic 1.1 percent, ranking 43rd in…

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Lawyer, CNN Commentator Joins PeliCast to Talk Constitutional Role During COVID-19

CNN political analyst Sarah Isgur recently joined Pelican Institute General Counsel Sarah Harbison on the PeliCast to discuss whether state and local governments’ emergency responses to the COVID-19 outbreak pass constitutional muster. In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued an executive order on March 16 cancelling all public and private gatherings. Governor John Bel Edwards…

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TECH NEWS: Louisiana Needs Drone Delivery Now

To reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, many Louisianans are foregoing shopping in stores and are instead, ordering their necessities online through services like Amazon, Postmates, and Instacart. But these delivered goods are still interacting with human handlers multiple times before they make it to consumers. What if there was a way to…

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