Economic Shocks Should Signal Spending Restraint from Lawmakers

With tens of thousands of Louisianans now out of a job due to effects of the spread of COVID-19, household budgets are being reviewed and adjusted to ensure families stay afloat during this uncertain period. But while individuals and families across Louisiana are facing the largest and most immediate financial impacts of this crisis, the…

Louisianans Deserve Transparency in Education Spending

Despite spending more on education than most of its neighbors, Louisiana is producing worse outcomes for its students and paying its teachers less. Solving this problem is made more difficult by the lack of transparency around the details of exactly how and where taxpayer dollars are being spent on education. While we know Louisiana spends…

Union Members Deserve to Know How Their Money is Spent

For years, the Pelican Institute has maintained its position as an outspoken advocate for transparency in government. Whether it has been education spending or spending on construction projects, the Pelican Institute believes you should know where your hard-earned tax dollars are going. It was with this principle in mind that the Pelican Institute recently submitted…

Solutions Summit 2.0 Agenda Revealed

There’s still time to register for the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Solutions Summit 2.0 on January 30 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge. Sign up by clicking here today and help us spread the word so your friends, colleagues and family can reserve their spots before the event sells out. At Solutions…

5 New Years Resolutions for Louisiana

The New Year brings with it a fresh start and opportunities to shed old habits and forge a new path to self-improvement. For many of us, that means going to the gym, eating healthier or saving more money. But, what if we apply this same concept to government? Louisiana could certainly use some self-improvement. The…

“Inside the Vault” Shows the Promise of Smart Government

On September 1, the Louisiana Treasurer’s office launched its much anticipated website, “Inside the Vault with the Louisiana State Treasurer.” The vault was created in response to a mandate from the state legislature that the treasurer complete a public-facing debt database. Upon review of the initial build of the website, the results are quite impressive.…

Education Spending Numbers Just Don’t Add Up

During the most recent legislative session, one of the most hotly debated issues was a $1,000 pay raise for teachers and a $500 raise for support staff. Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 which, included the pay raise, passed both the House and Senate with overwhelming support. While much of the debate focused on the pay raise…

Learn About Making School Spending More Transparent in the New Citizens Guide to Education

In today’s hyper-partisan times, there is at least one thing all Louisianans should agree on: our state is struggling to provide a quality education for its students. Our state continues to lag behind the rest of the nation, ranking 46 out of 50 in quality of schools and second to last in quality of education.…

Louisianans Aren’t Getting What they Pay For

As the legislative session gets underway, there are important discussions happening about the two competing budgets filed by the legislature. This comes on the heels of Governor Edwards releasing his 2019 proposed budget just a few weeks ago. The governor’s budget proposed spending $30 billion and planned to increase education spending. But, what does $30…

“HIGH RISK” DESIGNATION REINFORCES PROBLEMS IN LOUISIANA’S MEDICAID EXPANSION

That the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently designated Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion to the able-bodied as “high risk,” following the release of a “deeply troubling” report by the state’s Legislative Auditor late last year, should surprise no one. As the Pelican Institute first reported last year, enrollment in Medicaid expansion has exploded,…