The Clean Power Plan could cause electricity prices to increase around 15 percent a year on average, and as much as 22 percent on peak years.
Raising the minimum wage risks putting individuals, businesses and the entire state economy in a worse position to advance a goal – helping low income households – that may not even be accomplished.
According to the plan, Louisiana will have to lower its carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 30 percent of 2012 levels by 2030. Since renewable sources are much more expensive than coal, energy costs will increase drastically, and families and businesses will be burdened with tough financial decisions.
ESAs provide more choice to parents and students while allowing the state to save money. This is quite the opposite of the conventional public school system that often produces poor results and fails to offer a range of alternatives for families.
A December report by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian think tank, Economic Freedom of North America, shows that not all state governments honor personal choice and the market – the two key components of economic freedom.
The poll indicates there is broad support for reforms that would save taxpayer money and prioritize community supervision programs over incarceration for low level, non-violent offenders.
If Louisiana wants to lower its cost of living, attract more businesses and ultimately improve its economy as a whole, tort reform is necessary. These simple reforms are nothing radical. They would simply bring Louisiana up to speed with the rest of the nation.
It is important that we maintain a firm commitment to small businesses and to the economic principles that instill confidence in the entrepreneurs who run them.
Not surprisingly, the survey also found that nearly 40 percent of Americans across the country hand over a chunk of their hard-earned paychecks to their union bosses without knowing they have other options.
The issue is whether charter school leadership will make the decision on when or whether to return to the OPSB or whether the legislature in Baton Rouge will.