Louisiana Unemployment Continues to Rise, Final 2019 Report Reveals

As we put 2019 in the rear view and the last economic news from the previous decade trickles in, one thing is becoming clear – much like it was at the start of the decade, Louisiana is struggling. The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the Pelican State’s unemployment rate…

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…

Economic Growth Improves in 3rd Quarter, But Not Enough

Finally, Louisiana got some much needed good economic news with the latest report about economic growth from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. This report showed that in the 3rd quarter of 2019, the Louisiana economy grew at 2.9 percent, the 4th highest in the nation. The largest reason for this boost in economic growth, measured…

Louisiana Needs to Step Up Its Game to Retain Citizens 

On Monday night, nothing could stop Joe Burrow and the LSU offense from marching up and down the field in route to a 42-25 victory over Clemson in the college national championship game. Unfortunately, it looks like Louisiana’s government took a cue from Clemson’s defense, because a new report shows its policies are causing Louisianans…

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…

A better Louisiana is on the horizon, but we must act now

Over the last year, the Pelican Institute has been traveling the state, speaking to individuals and organizations, releasing hundreds of pages of educational materials and countless informative video advertisements emphasizing the importance of making fundamental changes to our state government’s core structures. Now, the moment is upon us to start turning this vision of righting…

Who does the National Education Association really represent?

There’s been a lot of debate over education policy and, more recently, teacher pay raises, retirement security for teachers and other government works, and transparency in how our education dollars are spent here in Louisiana. You know the Pelican Institute’s positions well: pay good teachers more (a lot more!), bring transparency to ensure more money…

Course Choice: Expanding Educational Freedom

Without ensuring access to a high-quality education for every child, Louisiana cannot have a vibrant and growing economy. Attracting more jobs and opportunity to the Pelican State requires a workforce with the proper training and skills to compete in the 21st century economy. Developing this workforce starts at the primary school level, which is why…

Janus One Year Later: What’s Changed?

It’s hard to believe that a full year has passed since one man from a small town in Illinois substantially expanded freedom for public workers across the country. On that fateful day in 2018, Mark Janus, a child support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, emerged victorious from the Supreme Court.…

Education Spending Numbers Just Don’t Add Up

During the most recent legislative session, one of the most hotly debated issues was a $1,000 pay raise for teachers and a $500 raise for support staff. Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 which, included the pay raise, passed both the House and Senate with overwhelming support. While much of the debate focused on the pay raise…