The Pelican Institute’s CEO, Daniel Erspamer, recently had an OpEd published by The Advocate, both in the Baton Rouge edition and the New Orleans edition.
Daniel lays out a bold new approach to create jobs and opportunity in Louisiana by reforming state spending and taxes, making it easier to do business in Louisiana, opening up government to greater transparency, and improving public safety via smarter sentencing legislation and re-entry programs.
Louisiana’s median household income fell by nearly $1,000 from 2015 to 2016, the biggest drop of any state in the nation and one of only four states to see any decline at all. Overall, the country saw an average 2.4 percent increase.
This recent news from the U.S. Census Bureau is a bitter pill for the state of Louisiana to swallow — but it can hardly come as a surprise to Louisianans, many of whom are still without work. Nearly 110,000 active job-seekers remain unemployed. Louisiana’s unemployment rate is 5.3 percent. Only New Mexico, Alaska and the District of Columbia have a higher unemployment rate.
As one example of the burdens faced by budding entrepreneurs in Louisiana, Daniel higlights some of the absurd occupational licensing Louisiana is home to, where 122 potential jobs require permission from the government to execute. Some examples include: shampoo assistant, librarian, interior designer, florist, auctioneer, and funeral director. Isn’t it time we made Louisiana a place young people flock to instead of away from?
Take a look at the piece, and share your thoughts on policy reforms that could bring jobs and opportunity back to our state.