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

By Kevin Mooney
12/16/2010
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
12/07/2010
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
12/06/2010
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
11/22/2010
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
11/22/2010
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
11/19/2010
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...