Occupational Licensing Reform Would Benefit All Louisianans

By Eric Peterson
04/13/2021
If you are legally allowed to cut hair in Mississippi and move to Louisiana, shouldn’t you be able to cut hair in Louisiana as well?  Shockingly enough, the answer is no due to something known as an occupational license. Occupational licenses are government permission slips to work in certain professions.  Obtaining an occupational license is often...

Louisiana Gets Serious About Innovation

By Eric Peterson
04/12/2021
The pandemic has proven how important innovation is to staying safe and living our lives during a difficult time. However, innovation is also important to a state’s economic health. Regulatory sandboxes are policies that can jumpstart innovation and encourage job growth and opportunities in Louisiana. Regulatory sandboxes are an alternative regulatory framework for businesses that...

Pelican Institute Announces its 2021 Legislative Agenda

By Daniel J. Erspamer
04/08/2021
Louisiana is at a critical time for our state. Even before the pandemic, Louisiana was struggling to attract new businesses and keep our friends and family from leaving. As the pandemic is coming to an end, we have a unique opportunity to take advantage of the most mobile workforce in American history to write our...

(BIG) Solutions (mini) Summit(s) Tech and Innovation Recap

By Eric Peterson
04/05/2021
Louisiana has the potential to be a tech and innovation destination. During the Pelican Institute’s recent “(BIG) Solutions (mini) Summit(s),” our expert keynote speakers and panelists offered several proven solutions to make Louisiana into the “Silicon Bayou.” If you missed the Summit(s), take a look at the videos below to learn how we can achieve...

TAGS: Economy, innovation, jobs and opportunity, technology

(BIG) Solutions (mini) Summit(s) Tax Reform Recap

By Daniel J. Erspamer
04/03/2021
Louisiana’s tax code is a serious hindrance to job growth in our state. During the Pelican Institute’s recent “(BIG) Solutions (mini) Summit(s),” our expert keynote speakers and panelists offered  several proven solutions to simplify Louisiana’s burdensome tax code. If you missed the Summit(s), take a look at the videos below to learn how we can...

TAGS: Budget, jobs and opportunity, Louisiana, Louisiana Legislature, tax reform, Taxes

Principles for Broadband Expansion with the American Rescue Plan of 2021

By Eric Peterson
04/02/2021
Louisiana’s state and local governments will be receiving approximately $5.18 billion from the federal government because of the American Rescue Plan of 2021. Part of that $5.18 billion is earmarked for water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure projects. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted that many rural areas still struggle with broadband internet access.  Louisiana policymakers should invest...

TAGS: broadband internet, COVID-19, innovation, Louisiana, Louisiana Legislature, technology

Tax reform will grow Louisiana jobs and kickstart the economy

By John Kay
03/29/2021
As Louisiana’s economy continues struggling, neighboring states are creating jobs and boosting their economies. One of the primary contributors to the state’s inability to retain residents and remain competitive with our neighbors is Louisiana’s fundamentally broken tax system. Fortunately, tax reform is on the table for the upcoming legislative session, and if passed, it would...