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…

Education Spending Numbers Just Don’t Add Up

During the most recent legislative session, one of the most hotly debated issues was a $1,000 pay raise for teachers and a $500 raise for support staff. Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 which, included the pay raise, passed both the House and Senate with overwhelming support. While much of the debate focused on the pay raise…

Pelican Senior Fellow Chris Jacobs Featured in Wall Street Journal: Medicaid Expansion has Louisianans Dropping Their Private Plans

The Pelican Institute’s Senior Fellow Chris Jacobs authored a column featured in the Wall Street Journal highlighting the misconceptions behind the “success” of Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion program.  While some leaders tout the expansion as a win for Louisiana, the facts show that it continues to cost Louisiana’s hard-working taxpayers jobs and opportunity. Jacobs says: “If…

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…

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…