Commentary: U.S. Policy Makers Should Begin Transition to Natural Gas Economy in Next Congress, Rep. Cassidy Says

By Kevin Mooney
Domestic Energy Development Could Help Restore Manufacturing Base and Boost Dollar America’s substantial supplies of natural gas should be further emphasized and considered as a stable, clean and affordable energy source in the next Congress, Rep. William Cassidy (R-La.) told The Pelican Institute in an exclusive interview.

TAGS: Energy and Commerce Committee, oil and natural gas, William Cassidy

States Lack of Strict Budgetary Requirements Increases Budget Shortfalls

By Fergus Hodgson
Stronger balanced budget amendments safeguard against shortfalls By Phillip Suderman As states complete their budget forecasts, 40 states are already reporting more than $80 billion in budget gaps for the next two fiscal years, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. In a joint report released last week by NASBO and the National...

Louisiana’s Higher Education System Not Making the Grade

By Fergus Hodgson
A new report claims that more than one third of Louisiana’s higher education funds are wasted on non-graduating students. Harry Stille Ph. D., author of “Louisiana: Public Institutions,” believes loose admission standards contribute to an estimated $440 million annual waste – an “enormous cost for little results.”

TAGS: Board of Regents, Evergreen Freedom Foundation, Goldwater Institute, Harry Stille, Higher Education Research/Policy Center, National Center for Education Statistics, SUNO

Shining the Light of Transparency

By Fergus Hodgson
Introducing a new home for government accountability The Sunshine Standard, a new website, espouses the view that all levels of government “have an obligation to proactively share the information people need to hold officials accountable.” Through model legislation, pledge appeals, a news portal, and relevant links the creators intend the site to be a “one-stop...

Economic Survival Team “Severely Disappointed” with Salazar Meeting

By Fergus Hodgson
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Michael Bromwich failed to win the hearts of Louisiana’s Gulf Economic Survival Team and prominent politicians in their recent meeting in the state. A lack of urgency and definitive policy decisions lead to lack of confidence.

Uncertainty Permeates Hearing on Gulf Oil and Gas Leases

By Fergus Hodgson
Environmental impact statement set to delay all auctions until 2012 NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Interior Department’s “public scoping” meeting, on the environmental impact of oil and gas leases, provided little hope for potential lessees. Tuesday’s opportunity for public submissions also failed to attract a crowd – approximately twenty individuals attended – but those that...