Task Force Seeks Louisiana’s Restoration as International Hub for Trade

New Orleans was “Gateway to the Americas” before being surpassed by other Sun Belt cities NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, Louisiana’s Senate trade task force hosted two Louisiana State University economists for their second public meeting and debated how to promote international trade from the state level. With only four monthly meetings left before dissolution…

Honduras “Open for Business”

Trade Summit signals Louisiana-Honduras relationship set to bloom NEW ORLEANS—Nine days after President Lobo Sosa’s September 7th visit, Louisiana’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted an Honduran delegation to promote an array of trade opportunities between the two regions. Mayra Pineda, president of the Chamber and sister of the Honduran president, introduced approximately 50 guests to…

Commentary: Governor Jindal and Mayor Landrieu Eliminate Government Vehicles, Save Taxpayers Money

The past week has brought good news from both Governor Jindal and Mayor Landrieu regarding cutbacks in the number of employee take-home cars. As noted in a Times-Picayune editorial, when Governor Jindal took office, Louisiana’s fleet of employee cars was 10th largest in the nation. This is ludicrous, particularly when one considers the relative size…

Commentary: Place Bridge Under State Police to Streamline Bureaucracy and Increase Transparency

As the legislative session comes to a close, the state may pass up an opportunity to streamline government and reduce superfluous costs at virtually no expense. Rep. Patrick Connick’s HB493 would have removed given the Louisiana State Police oversight of the Crescent City Connection police, which supervise 20 miles of bridge, ramps and roadways. The…

TSA’s Conflict Of Interest

Reason Foundation’s director of transportation policy Robert Poole offers a compelling argument for reforming airline security. His argument focuses on the conflicts of interest faced by the Transportation Security Administration. Established after 9/11, the TSA is a federal agency having both the job of screening passengers and baggage at airports and the job of regulating…