Be Thankful Black Friday Keeps Getting Better

11/27/2019
After enjoying time catching up with family, watching football and eating too much food on Thanksgiving, many Americans like to work on their Christmas lists in preparation for Black Friday. With the annual ritual of finding the best deals on the hottest holiday gifts, many often neglect one of the more beneficial gifts we have...

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Pelican Institute Comments on Privacy Rights, New IRS Rule

11/22/2019
The right to support organizations that you believe in is a core American principle. The First Amendment supports our rights to associate and financially support groups and causes we believe in. But due to today’s political climate, many people are worried that supporting the causes they believe in could result in them facing harassment or...

Louisiana, Again, Ranks Near the Bottom on a “Good” List

11/13/2019
The non-partisan Tax Foundation recently released its 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index, which measures how each state ranks on its business taxes. For those who have noticed jobs and opportunity uprooting from Louisiana to go elsewhere, the results of the index don’t come as a shock. Louisiana’s business tax climate ranks 41st overall thanks...

Wall Street Journal Cites Pelican Lawsuit Abuse Study

11/13/2019
Louisiana’s lawsuit abuse climate has caught the eye of the Wall Street Journal, and a recent Pelican Institute study features prominently in its analysis: A new study by the Pelican Institute comparing offshore drilling on state and federal land in the Gulf finds the lawsuits have scared off producers. Oil and gas employment declined by 2,000...

Last Quarter GDP Growth Revised to 0%

11/07/2019
Yesterday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its report of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by state for the second quarter of 2019. At first glance the report has middling news for the state of Louisiana. According to the report, the Pelican state saw growth of 1.7 percent. While lower than all its neighbors,...

Constitutional Reform Needed to Bring Jobs and Opportunity to Louisiana

11/05/2019
In the last week, there has been a rise in discussion throughout Louisiana over what a potential Constitutional Convention would mean for our state. As is the case with so many other policy debates in Louisiana, entrenched special interests and others benefitting from the current system have predictably started disseminating exaggerated and, in some cases,...

Lawsuit Abuse Killing Jobs and Opportunity in Louisiana

10/23/2019
Lawsuit abuse is killing jobs and driving away economic opportunity for working families and job seekers in Louisiana. Many have been saying this for years, but we wanted to explore whether there was really a direct link between lawsuit abuse and the economic downturn and, if so, how big of an impact it is making....

Louisiana Leadership Not Helping Taxpayers

10/18/2019
The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 was a shot in the arm for an already strong American economy. By lowering America’s highest in the developed world corporate tax rate and slashing the amount of taxes owed by everyday citizens, the American people are seeing an explosion of jobs and opportunity. But, the Tax...

A better Louisiana is on the horizon, but we must act now

10/11/2019
Over the last year, the Pelican Institute has been traveling the state, speaking to individuals and organizations, releasing hundreds of pages of educational materials and countless informative video advertisements emphasizing the importance of making fundamental changes to our state government’s core structures. Now, the moment is upon us to start turning this vision of righting...