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…

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…

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…

Missed Opportunities During Legislative Session Increases Importance of Fall 2019 Elections

With the 2019 regular legislative session coming to a close this week, the Pelican Institute wants to take some time to reflect on the victories achieved and opportunities missed by lawmakers. This was an abbreviated legislative session and that, combined with rapidly approaching fall elections, made chances for the possibility of enacting transformational policy reforms…

While Louisiana is Sinking, Many Are Concerned with Re-arranging the Deck Chairs

It’s no secret to the people of Louisiana that things aren’t going well. The state has a shrinking labor force, an antiquated budget system, a struggling education system and a backlog of infrastructure projects that are in need of addressing. Given these issues, it’s no surprise that there is a sizable population that is leaving…

Louisiana lawmakers must reform and modernize sales tax code, Pelican Institute and National Taxpayers Union Foundation says

Today, as part of the Pelican Institute’s “A Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana,” the organization announced its partnership with NTUF to present solutions to reforming Louisiana’s complicated and outdated sales tax code in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair. This decision overturned a previous precedent that required a business…

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…

Legislative Session is Underway – Will Lawmakers Take the Path to Jobs and Opportunity?

This week, the Louisiana Legislature convened in Baton Rouge for the first day of the 2019 session. The Pelican Institute remains hopeful that lawmakers will abandon the broken status quo and advance polices that will bring jobs and opportunity to our state. Our lawmakers must have the courage to cast out the remnants of Huey…