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.…

RIGHT ON CRIME PARTNERS WITH THE PELICAN INSTITUTE TO OFFER LOUISIANA PUBLIC SAFETY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM SOLUTIONS

In partnership with Right on Crime, the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute) today released a free-market agenda for smart, sensible criminal justice and public safety reforms under the organization’s policy platform, “A Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana.” Louisianans from all walks of life support policies that accomplish the goals of increasing public safety,…

PELICAN INSTITUTE DOUBLES LOUISIANA TEAM WITH HIRE OF STATE, NATIONAL POLICY AND LEGAL EXPERTS

Today, the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute) announces a significant expansion of its team, with the hiring of Renee Amar as vice president for government affairs, James Baehr as general counsel and Eric Peterson as director of policy. All three are experts in the fields of government affairs and public policy and have…

REFORM LOUISIANA’S EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM TO CREATE FUTURE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY, PELICAN INSTITUTE SAYS

Despite some progress in recent years, it’s no secret that Louisiana’s public educational system still lags behind the rest of the nation in overall performance. For example, Louisiana’s most recent test scores revealed eighth grade reading numbers fell behind 41 other states, while the state’s performance in eighth grade math ranked below 48 states. The…

Solutions To Local Government Problems In Louisiana Spotlighted In New Pelican Institute Paper

It shouldn’t surprise you to hear that Louisiana’s so-called “revenue problem” isn’t really a problem at all. Indeed, Louisiana’s real “problem” lies in our state government’s overspending, and that issue is exacerbated by its convoluted local government system. So, how do we solve the core problems with Louisiana’s local government system and ensure it encourages…

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…