Louisiana, Again, Ranks Near the Bottom on a “Good” List

The non-partisan Tax Foundation recently released its 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index, which measures how each state ranks on its business taxes. For those who have noticed jobs and opportunity uprooting from Louisiana to go elsewhere, the results of the index don’t come as a shock. Louisiana’s business tax climate ranks 41st overall thanks…

Constitutional Reform Needed to Bring Jobs and Opportunity to Louisiana

In the last week, there has been a rise in discussion throughout Louisiana over what a potential Constitutional Convention would mean for our state. As is the case with so many other policy debates in Louisiana, entrenched special interests and others benefitting from the current system have predictably started disseminating exaggerated and, in some cases,…

Lawsuit Abuse Killing Jobs and Opportunity in Louisiana

Lawsuit abuse is killing jobs and driving away economic opportunity for working families and job seekers in Louisiana. Many have been saying this for years, but we wanted to explore whether there was really a direct link between lawsuit abuse and the economic downturn and, if so, how big of an impact it is making.…

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…

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The Broken Promises of Louisiana’s Medicaid Expansion

Some in Louisiana want to claim that the state’s expansion of Medicaid to able-bodied adults represents a success story. The facts indicate otherwise. Medicaid expansion has resulted in large costs to taxpayers, significant amounts of waste, fraud, and abuse, and tens of thousands of able-bodied adults shifting from private coverage to government insurance—even while individuals…

Vaping Regulations Would Stifle Opportunity for Louisianans

This week, the Pelican Institute joined groups around the country in signing a letter opposing efforts by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban flavored e-cigarette or vaping products. Although there has been concerns over the recent health scares relating to these products, in all cases, the immediate health damage has been due to…

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…