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…

“HIGH RISK” DESIGNATION REINFORCES PROBLEMS IN LOUISIANA’S MEDICAID EXPANSION

That the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently designated Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion to the able-bodied as “high risk,” following the release of a “deeply troubling” report by the state’s Legislative Auditor late last year, should surprise no one. As the Pelican Institute first reported last year, enrollment in Medicaid expansion has exploded,…

The Real Story of Louisiana’s Economy

The American economy is growing and growing strong. More than a decade after the financial collapse and great recession, the American economy continues to grow at an impressive rate. The most recent economic report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis continues to reflect this reality, showing a growth in the American economy of 3.4 percent.…

A Jobs And Opportunity Agenda For Louisiana

This week, the Pelican Institute releases its “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana,” a road map for reclaiming Louisiana as a land of opportunity for all its citizens. This agenda is the result of months of data-crunching, research, analysis and consultation with experts from Louisiana and across the country. In crafting these solutions, our team sought to answer a…

Don’t Believe the Hype: Resist the February Special Session

As Louisiana lawmakers continue to debate how to solve the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” (to get up to speed on all the facts, be sure to check out our Citizen’s Guide to the Fiscal Cliff!), the threat of a February special legislative session looms large. Proponents of tax increases are pushing hard for this session, and taxpayers…

Louisiana Pols Don’t Need More Of Your Money – They Need To Keep Their Promises

In Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer’s latest column in The Hayride, he lays out what’s at stake in the coming debate about how to solve Louisiana’s “Fiscal Cliff.” It starts with getting the facts right. The problem with all of this is we haven’t really identified the problem. The truth is, given recent events, the…