The Pelican Institute Opposes Higher Taxes on Airline Travelers

This week, the Pelican Institute joined groups around the country in signing a letter opposing legislative efforts to increase the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) for airline tickets. When purchasing an airline ticket, you may notice that there are taxes and fees associated with this purchase. In total, these taxes and fees can account for 20…

Pelican Institute Joins Groups Nationwide in Defending Louisiana Workers’ Rights

This week, the Pelican Institute signed onto a letter opposing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which has been introduced in both the House and Senate at the federal level. Despite the seemingly positive image the name depicts, this legislation would drastically hurt Louisianans by further robbing them of the jobs and opportunities…

Lafayette Utilities System Fiber Continues to Prove Why Government Broadband Doesn’t Work

In 2009, the city of Lafayette began providing cable and internet services with the Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) Fiber network. This government owned network (GON) was established with the idea that, like water and electric utilities, internet and cable services can be more cheaply and efficiently provided by the government as opposed to the private…

New LSU “Jobs” Study about Benefits of Medicaid Expansion Raises More Questions Than It Answers

by Chris Jacobs The release by the Louisiana Department of Health late Friday afternoon of an updated study showing the jobs benefit of Medicaid expansion concedes an important point pointed out by the Pelican Institute over 16 months ago. This year’s study admits that the 2018 paper over-counted the federal dollars and jobs associated with…

Louisiana’s STILL Not Working

The national economy is thriving with unemployment numbers reaching all-time lows. Lower taxes and less regulation unleashed the American workforce to create jobs and opportunity across the nation. Yet there remains an exception to America’s economic success…Louisiana. Louisiana continues to have a complex and broken tax code along with reams of red tape which destroying…

DÉJÀ VU: Louisiana Was the Only State to Lose Jobs Over the Last Year

As election day quickly approaches and claims about the condition of the Louisiana economy arise daily, it’s crucial to separate fact from fiction. The truth is unsurprising yet disheartening for people across the state – from July of 2018 to July 2019, Louisiana was the only state in the nation to lose jobs. These numbers…

Pelican Institute Releases Agenda for the Constitutional Convention Forum

Today, the Pelican Institute for Public Policy released the jam-packed agenda for its upcoming Constitutional Convention Forum on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Capacity is strictly limited, so reserve your spot today! The forum will kick off with lunch beginning at 11:30 am followed by an afternoon…

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…