While National Economy is Improving, Much of Louisiana is Still Lagging

Just in time for the Independence Day Holiday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released some good news for the American people. The national unemployment rate fell 2.2 percent, leading to a total of 11.1 percent in June. Most notably, an astounding 4.8 million Americans who were temporarily laid off are now back in the workforce.…

Louisiana Wages Dropped by Nearly $500 Million in First Quarter

The Bureau of Economic Analysis’ (BEA) latest report, which showed that Louisiana personal income grew in the first quarter by 2.2 percent, appeared to be a welcome sight for a state still reckoning with the fallout of COVID-19 and subsequent economic shutdown. However, a closer look at the numbers reveals the income growth is a…

Pelican Statement: Governor Vetoes Rural Broadband

On Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards’ vetoed an important piece of legislation for connecting Louisianans to high speed internet. SB 406 by Senator Beth Mizell would have removed government barriers that are preventing countless Louisianans from getting connected. The following is a statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive officer of the Pelican Institute, regarding Gov.…

Section 230 Protects the Speech of Louisianans

With COVID-19, the economic crisis, and the protests taking place across the country, Americans are feeling the need more than ever to communicate with their friends and family. Given all these circumstances, social media has become the go-to method of communicating for many. What many don’t know is that this ability to share our thoughts…

Pelican Unveils Policy Solutions to Get Louisiana Working in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Today, the Pelican Institute released its Get Louisiana Working Policy Solutions. This plan outlines reforms to key public policy areas to encourage the return of jobs and opportunity and to strengthen the state’s economy following the destruction resulting from COVID-19 and measures taken to address it. The Pelican Institute is also calling on state leaders…

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TECH NEWS: Pelican Leads Coalition Supporting A Free and Open Internet

Since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by Chairman Ajit Pai, ended the regulation of the internet under Title II, investment in broadband infrastructure has continued to increase. Now that we’re facing a public health crisis posed by COVID-19, this increase in broadband capacity is more important than ever. That’s why when the FCC recently…

TECH NEWS: Louisiana Needs Drone Delivery Now

To reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, many Louisianans are foregoing shopping in stores and are instead, ordering their necessities online through services like Amazon, Postmates, and Instacart. But these delivered goods are still interacting with human handlers multiple times before they make it to consumers. What if there was a way to…

You Shouldn’t Need a License to Speak

The very idea of needing a license to speak is shocking to most Americans. After all, most Americans know the First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees us the right to speak our minds. Yet despite this constitutional guarantee, there are state officials around the country claiming that in order to speak in some contexts, you…

Pelican Releases Principles on Emerging Technology Issues for State Lawmakers

As state legislative sessions get underway across the country, the Pelican Center for Technology and Innovation released “Principles for Lawmakers: How to Think About Emerging Technologies,” a deep dive policy paper to give tips and advice to policymakers on the subject. In it, we lay out how important the light regulatory touch has been at…