Study: Proposed Tax Increases Would Kill Jobs, Decrease GDP

Lawmakers in Baton Rouge continue to debate solutions to the so-called “Fiscal Cliff.” The Governor and his allies have called for new taxes to close the gap between proposed spending and projected revenue, while others have suggested prioritizing spending and right-sizing government would be a better pathway to the Constitutionally-mandated balanced budget. As the state…

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Policy Brief: Debunking the government’s pro-Medicaid report

Why expanding Louisiana’s program to able-bodied adults hurts the economy By Chris Jacobs, Senior Fellow Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion helped far too few people obtain good, affordable health coverage and actually cost Louisiana desperately needed jobs. But a taxpayer-funded report released by the Louisiana Department of Health on April 10 claims that the state’s Medicaid expansion…

Restoring the Right to Earn a Living

In Restoring the Right to Earn a Living: A Common-Sense Solution to Occupational Licensing Job Barriers, Goldwater Institute Director of National Litigation Jon Riches examines the burdens inflicted by onerous job licensing requirements in Louisiana. And for many Louisiana job-seekers, it’s a pretty grim situation. “For too many professions, occupational licensing requirements do not exist…

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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…

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Reforming Medicaid in Louisiana

As the Louisiana legislature ponders ways to resolve the state’s “fiscal cliff,” policy-makers should remember the massive costs associated with the state’s embrace of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Enrollment in this expansion to the able bodied (i.e., working-age adults without dependent children) has exploded, raising Medicaid expenses. Moreover, the expansion discourages work, and disadvantages the most…

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Internet Freedom Important to Louisiana

“Net Neutrality” has been in the news a lot lately. If many of your Facebook friends are to be believed, repeal of the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission regulation signals the end of the Internet as we know it. But, that is not the case. After the FCC voted to return Internet Service Providers (ISPs, for…

Louisiana Pols Don’t Need More Of Your Money – They Need To Keep Their Promises

In Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer’s latest column in The Hayride, he lays out what’s at stake in the coming debate about how to solve Louisiana’s “Fiscal Cliff.” It starts with getting the facts right. The problem with all of this is we haven’t really identified the problem. The truth is, given recent events, the…