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…

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…

Minimum Wage Hike Would Cost Jobs for Those Who Can Least Afford It

Another election cycle means another round of politicians calling for a higher minimum wage. Officials and candidates at both the state and national levels, including both the Governor of Louisiana and the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, have recently expressed their support for raising the minimum wage. Today, the House passed the Raise the Wage…

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.…

It’s No Secret Why People are Leaving Louisiana

Ever since the new estimates from the U.S Census Bureau showing that both Louisiana and the City of New Orleans have lost population for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, there have been plenty of questions as to why. Luckily for us, more government data paints a crystal clear picture for the reason people are…

The Real Story of Louisiana’s Economy

The American economy is growing and growing strong. More than a decade after the financial collapse and great recession, the American economy continues to grow at an impressive rate. The most recent economic report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis continues to reflect this reality, showing a growth in the American economy of 3.4 percent.…