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…

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…

Daniel Erspamer, Louisiana

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…