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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Solutions Summit 2.0 Agenda Revealed

There’s still time to register for the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Solutions Summit 2.0 on January 30 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge. Sign up by clicking here today and help us spread the word so your friends, colleagues and family can reserve their spots before the event sells out. At Solutions…

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Louisiana Needs Fair 5G Policy

There are few things in our modern world more frustrating than being unable to get a cellular signal when you need it most. As we increasingly rely on our cellphones for not only communication but for services like ridesharing and countless others, having a dependable and speedy connection is becoming a necessity. These connections become…

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Top 10 inventions of the Decade

The 2010s were packed with historic events, both nationally and around the world. And while there are plenty “end of the decade” lists focused around political and cultural milestones, some of the biggest changes from the last decade weren’t spurred by events, but rather inventions. In fact, many of the technologies we now rely on…

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New Jobs Report is No Holiday Gift

It’s likely that the last thing on the minds of Louisianans over the holiday season was the most recent job report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), but many in our state know the consequences of the facts of the report all too well. The report showed that for the second-straight month, Louisiana’s…

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Be Thankful Black Friday Keeps Getting Better

After enjoying time catching up with family, watching football and eating too much food on Thanksgiving, many Americans like to work on their Christmas lists in preparation for Black Friday. With the annual ritual of finding the best deals on the hottest holiday gifts, many often neglect one of the more beneficial gifts we have…

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Wall Street Journal Cites Pelican Lawsuit Abuse Study

Louisiana’s lawsuit abuse climate has caught the eye of the Wall Street Journal, and a recent Pelican Institute study features prominently in its analysis: A new study by the Pelican Institute comparing offshore drilling on state and federal land in the Gulf finds the lawsuits have scared off producers. Oil and gas employment declined by 2,000…

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Last Quarter GDP Growth Revised to 0%

Yesterday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its report of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by state for the second quarter of 2019. At first glance the report has middling news for the state of Louisiana. According to the report, the Pelican state saw growth of 1.7 percent. While lower than all its neighbors,…

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Louisiana Leadership Not Helping Taxpayers

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 was a shot in the arm for an already strong American economy. By lowering America’s highest in the developed world corporate tax rate and slashing the amount of taxes owed by everyday citizens, the American people are seeing an explosion of jobs and opportunity. But, the Tax…

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