Louisiana Lags as America Recovers

The most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed the U.S. economy is about halfway to recovery. Meanwhile, Louisiana job numbers are still falling well behind the rest of the nation. Overall, the report wasn’t surprising, as it revealed employment rose by 1.4 million in the month of August while the unemployment…

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Stop the Attack on Free Speech Online

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump issued an executive order related to free speech online. As part of this order, the President asked the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to submit a petition for rulemaking to the Federal Communications Commission regarding Section 230. Section 230, known as the backbone of free speech online, provides that websites are not liable…

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Louisiana Moving to Phase 3, Statement from CEO

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Louisiana will begin moving into Phase 3 of the state’s economic restrictions on Friday. Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer released the following statement in response to this decision: “Gov. Edwards’ announcement today is a step in the right direction to get Louisiana working. After months of urging Louisiana leaders to…

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Protect Life and Liberty in a Pandemic

Did Louisiana’s government infringe on the rights of its citizens with its COVID-19 mandates? Today, the Pelican Institute released a report to answer that question and offer approaches for addressing the ongoing pandemic and future disasters while safeguarding both public health and individual liberty. In future legislative sessions, lawmakers should consider the lessons learned from…

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Pelican’s New Plan to Transform Education in Louisiana

COVID-19 has taught us many lessons, but something that’s become abundantly clear in recent months is a fact that many Louisiana families and advocates have already known for a long time: our state’s education status quo is broken, and an urgent fix is required. To solve this problem, the Pelican Institute developed a comprehensive policy roadmap…

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Louisiana Can Learn from S.C.’s COVID-19 Education Plan

There is no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting effect on the way our country delivers education. And while Louisianans are certainly no strangers to national disasters that upend normal life, our state has also demonstrated the importance of innovating in the face of adversity. Consider the case of Hurricane Katrina. Following the…

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Applications Open for Pelican Leadership Academy

Are you interested in developing your leadership skills? Do you want to join a network of innovative Louisiana leaders seeking solutions to improve our state? You may soon have your opportunity, because today, the Pelican Institute announced the opening of applications for its second-annual Pelican Leadership Academy. The deadline to apply for the Pelican Leadership…

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Initial Unemployment Claims Spike Following Bar Closures

After faint signs of hope of economic recovery in recent weeks, the decision to shut down bars for the second time seems to be taking a toll on Louisianans’ livelihoods. Governor John Bel Edwards issued the order to close all bars in the state on July 13. The Department of Labor released its latest unemployment data Thursday, and the…

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Some Good News in Latest Jobs Numbers, But Will They Hold?

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest state-by-state jobs numbers, which featured some overall good news for Louisiana. The state’s June unemployment rate dropped by 4.5 percent, dipping under 10 percent for the first time in months. While this headline shows some improvement in Louisiana’s economic situation, there are reasons to take…

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Victory in Fight Against Lawsuit Abuse in Louisiana

On Thursday, Governor John Bel Edwards signed House Speaker Clay Schexnayder’s HB 57, which will help to lessen lawsuit abuse and lift the burden it places on Louisianans. With citizens across the state demanding solutions to lessen the harm caused by lawsuit abuse, this legislation earned widespread support in both the House and the Senate…

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Major Win for Getting Louisianans Connected

In a huge victory for connecting Louisianans to high-speed broadband internet, Governor John Bel Edwards signed Senator Beth Mizell’s SB 10 into law on Wednesday. SB 10 removes major hurdles to providing broadband access to people and businesses who sorely need it across the state. The following is a statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive…

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July Sees Major Spike in Louisiana Unemployment Claims

Following the revelation that Louisiana suffered one of the worst Q1 economic declines in the nation, today’s weekly unemployment claims announcement contains even more bad news for Louisianans. Despite remaining steady over the past six weeks, the Department of Labor reports the week of July 4 saw a 45 percent increase in the number of…

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