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…

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…

The Real Story of Louisiana’s Economy

The American economy is growing and growing strong. More than a decade after the financial collapse and great recession, the American economy continues to grow at an impressive rate. The most recent economic report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis continues to reflect this reality, showing a growth in the American economy of 3.4 percent.…

Not Another Fiscal Cliff…

“Louisiana is facing a massive fiscal cliff, and we need solutions.” This sentence should sound familiar to all Louisianans. Year after year, our state faces yet fiscal crisis after fiscal crisis, leaving lawmakers and their constituents calling for permanent solutions to Louisiana’s budget woes. Today, the Pelican Institute answers that call with the release of…

A Jobs And Opportunity Agenda For Louisiana

This week, the Pelican Institute releases its “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana,” a road map for reclaiming Louisiana as a land of opportunity for all its citizens. This agenda is the result of months of data-crunching, research, analysis and consultation with experts from Louisiana and across the country. In crafting these solutions, our team sought to answer a…

It’s Decision Time: Maintain the Status Quo or Forge a New Path to Jobs and Opportunity

As of July 1, taxpayers in Louisiana will be paying more than $800 million in additional state taxes than were on the books coming into this year. The first hit came in the form of an unintended consequence of federal tax reform, which resulted in an increase in income taxes at the state level by…

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Pelican Institute Urges State Lawmakers To Forge New Economic Future in Third Special Session

NEW ORLEANS, La. (June 18, 2018) —  The following is a statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive officer of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute), regarding the upcoming third 2018 Louisiana special legislative session and tax proposals currently under consideration: “As Louisiana heads into its third special legislative session of the year, our state’s lawmakers…

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Pelican Institute Statement on February Special Session

Governor Edwards has called the legislature into special session starting February 19 to address the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The legislature will consider, per the official order, a variety of options to raise taxes. We are pleased, however, that the Governor has also included much-needed spending and transparency reforms, including Louisiana Checkbook. Given so many unanswered questions about projected revenue and so…

Don’t Believe the Hype: Resist the February Special Session

As Louisiana lawmakers continue to debate how to solve the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” (to get up to speed on all the facts, be sure to check out our Citizen’s Guide to the Fiscal Cliff!), the threat of a February special legislative session looms large. Proponents of tax increases are pushing hard for this session, and taxpayers…