Supreme Court’s Union Ruling Affirms Importance of Workplace Freedom

The Supreme Court Wednesday in a landmark decision freed millions of public sector workers from the requirement of paying dues to a union as a condition of employment. Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer was interviewed by The Louisiana Record concerning the Janus v. AFSCME decision from the Supreme Court, with an article following highlighting how public sector…

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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 Announces Hire of Vice President and External Affairs Manager

NEW ORLEANS, La. (June 14, 2018) – Today, the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute) announces the hiring of Emily Davenport as vice president and Alyssa “Aly” Rau as external affairs manager. Both Davenport and Rau are Louisiana natives with deep, professional experience in the fields of government affairs and public policy. As vice president,…

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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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…