The Louisiana legislature has been criticized for cutting statewide funding for the arts. Pelican Institute president Kevin Kane argues that Louisiana’s cultural heritage is better protected by voluntary support and private enterprise than by government subsidies.
Over the span of this year, thirteen states, including Louisiana, have passed school choice legislation, while 28 states have pending legislation.
The American Conservative has run a commentary from former Pelican Post reporter and editor Fergus Hodgson. He promotes a constitutional amendment to check runaway federal spending.
American Legislative Exchange Council claims that states with lower and falling tax burdens are attracting businesses and spurring job growth.
A new state ranking for assets relative to liabilities, released this week, finds Louisiana to be the second most indebted state in the South. Despite a balanced budget requirement, Louisiana has still managed to acquire $21 billion more in liabilities than it has assets to offset them.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu has requested limited removal of seniority privileges from consideration in city lay-offs, and the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union is unimpressed.
New report gives Louisiana an “F” for human capital – a measure of the labor force’s education and skills – for a third year in a row.
A new Cato Institute paper highlights the need for models that punish poor performance and reward good. Andrew Coulson assesses the relationship between philanthropic grants and academic performance in Charter schools.
Don Briggs: It is a simple fact that shale gas resources in the U.S. are real and abundant, and natural gas production in the U.S. is at an all-time high.
Rep. Tony Ligi made every effort to pass legislation that would allow for greater public scrutiny of collective bargaining agreements between union officials and government agencies. His efforts fell short this time around but they have attracted national attention and will be revisited in Louisiana.