Minimum Wage Hike Would Cost Jobs for Those Who Can Least Afford It

Another election cycle means another round of politicians calling for a higher minimum wage. Officials and candidates at both the state and national levels, including both the Governor of Louisiana and the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, have recently expressed their support for raising the minimum wage. Today, the House passed the Raise the Wage…

Left in the Dust: Louisiana Ridesharing Still Lags Behind

Just a decade ago, the idea of using your cellphone to get ride from a complete stranger, driving their personal car, seemed ludicrous.  But with more than 10 billion rides completed, this idea is not only accepted, but commonplace in many places around the world. However, in Louisiana, many are still left out of the…

Louisiana lawmakers must reform and modernize sales tax code, Pelican Institute and National Taxpayers Union Foundation says

Today, as part of the Pelican Institute’s “A Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana,” the organization announced its partnership with NTUF to present solutions to reforming Louisiana’s complicated and outdated sales tax code in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair. This decision overturned a previous precedent that required a business…

LAWSUIT ABUSE AND NEEDLESS REGULATIONS ARE HOLDING LOUISIANA BACK, PELICAN INSTITUTE SAYS

As Louisiana lawmakers seek to make our state more inviting to job creators and seekers, there are two areas in desperate need of addressing – Louisiana’s abysmal legal and regulatory structures. From overreaching occupational licensing laws to predatory state-sanctioned litigation against the state’s largest job creators, legal and regulatory issues continue to stifle hard-working Louisiana…

It’s No Secret Why People are Leaving Louisiana

Ever since the new estimates from the U.S Census Bureau showing that both Louisiana and the City of New Orleans have lost population for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, there have been plenty of questions as to why. Luckily for us, more government data paints a crystal clear picture for the reason people are…

Learn About Making School Spending More Transparent in the New Citizens Guide to Education

In today’s hyper-partisan times, there is at least one thing all Louisianans should agree on: our state is struggling to provide a quality education for its students. Our state continues to lag behind the rest of the nation, ranking 46 out of 50 in quality of schools and second to last in quality of education.…

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…

Breaking Up Big Tech: The Downside of Bipartisanship

When there is bipartisan agreement on an issue, great things can be accomplished. Just look at criminal justice reforms, which passed in Louisiana two years ago. Thanks to both sides of the aisle coming together, Louisiana’s streets will be safer, while taxpayers will save millions of dollars. But, bipartisan agreement can also be incredibly dangerous.…

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…