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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TECH NEWS: COVID-19 Social Media Incident Shows Value of Key Free Speech Protection

As people worldwide go into quarantine and conversations around COVID-19 move increasingly online, thousands of Facebook users received a shocked Tuesday night when they discovered the social media outlet flagged their posts as potential spam content or misleading information. This kind of flagging is typically reserved for purposefully misleading websites or those hawking fake products.…

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Rough Day 2? Try These Resources for Student Downtime

Within hours of the announcement closing Louisiana schools for the next month, parents, teachers, nonprofits, and companies had already begun mobilizing to share resources, links, curricula, virtual museum tours, and so much more. As uncertainty swirls around the spread of COVID-19, the community’s strong response to fill these education gaps is providing parents with a…

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Louisiana’s Economy Was Struggling Before Latest Shocks

While this week’s newly released report from the Bureau of Labor Statisticsr on states’ unemployment situations will likely be drowned out by COVID-19 updates, the economic news should concern all Louisianans. BLS reveals that in January 2020, Louisiana’s unemployment rate rose yet again to 5.3 percent. Since June of last year, the state’s unemployment has…

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Thoughts on Legislative Session Pause Over COVID-19

Today, the Louisiana State Legislature voted to pause the current legislative session over the continued and rapidly moving fallout from the worldwide spread of COVID-19. The Pelican Institute understands the legislature’s decision to proceed cautiously and appreciates the diligent work by national, state, and local leaders to limit the continued spread of the virus. Uncertain…

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Military Families Face Obstacles to Work in Louisiana

Military families relocating to Louisiana are facing needless obstacles to work due to government red tape known as occupational licenses. Occupational licenses are permission slips from the government in order to work in certain professions. To obtain a license, workers often must take hundreds of hours of classes and pay thousands of dollars in fees…

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Louisianans Deserve Transparency in Education Spending

Despite spending more on education than most of its neighbors, Louisiana is producing worse outcomes for its students and paying its teachers less. Solving this problem is made more difficult by the lack of transparency around the details of exactly how and where taxpayer dollars are being spent on education. While we know Louisiana spends…

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Louisiana’s 2019 Unemployment Was Not Pretty

If you’ve been paying attention to our posts on the Louisiana economy, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn the data in the report released by Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) this week is not flattering for Louisiana. The report shows the 2019 average for a variety of labor statistics for each state, and it provides…

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Union Members Deserve to Know How Their Money is Spent

For years, the Pelican Institute has maintained its position as an outspoken advocate for transparency in government. Whether it has been education spending or spending on construction projects, the Pelican Institute believes you should know where your hard-earned tax dollars are going. It was with this principle in mind that the Pelican Institute recently submitted…

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You Shouldn’t Need a License to Speak

The very idea of needing a license to speak is shocking to most Americans. After all, most Americans know the First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees us the right to speak our minds. Yet despite this constitutional guarantee, there are state officials around the country claiming that in order to speak in some contexts, you…

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Did Patrick Mahomes’ Fresh Cut Break the Law?

Over the weekend, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs in a momentous comeback victory over San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. But just a few days before being named the game’s MVP, Mahomes flew his barber, DeJuan Bonds, down to Miami to freshen him up for the big stage. While Mahomes knew…

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Local, National Experts to Speak at Solutions Summit 2.0

We’re one week away from the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Solutions Summit 2.0. Next Thursday, January 30 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge, join state and national policy leaders as we unveil solutions to the biggest problems facing Louisiana. Today, we’re excited to share our all-star speaker line-up for the event, which includes legislators…

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