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Is Value-Added Data Adding Value in Louisiana’s School Accountability System?

Is Value-Added Data Adding Value in Louisiana’s School Accountability System?

If you’ve paid any attention to K-12 education reform in Louisiana over the past several years, particularly about teacher evaluations, teacher preparation programs, and school accountability ratings, you’ve probably heard or read about the use of “value-added data”. It’s a wonky term, but even most lay people understand the concept of value-add – that is,...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

OpEd: Why Louisiana should lead the world in Bitcoin mining

OpEd: Why Louisiana should lead the world in Bitcoin mining

Originally Posted in the Center Square Louisiana has long been a leading state in energy production. Our state is blessed with the energy resources that power portions of the United States and the rest of the world. While the oil and gas industry is used to power homes, cars, and other aspects of everyday life,...

By Eric Peterson

Louisiana Education Dashboard

Louisiana Education Dashboard

Despite spending the most per student, Louisiana consistently ranks at the bottom of the country in educating our kids. If we are ever going to fix our education system, parents and communities need transparent information to get an accurate snapshot of how schools are preparing our kids for their futures. With this in mind, the...

By Ryan Roberts

Louisiana Needs Occupational Licensure Reform

Louisiana Needs Occupational Licensure Reform

We Need To Reinstate Louisianans Right to Earn a Living Louisiana law and administrative codes are chock-full of burdensome regulations that keep countless Louisianans from realizing their full potential. Some of the most offensive examples of these regulations are expansive and burdensome occupational licensure requirements to pursue their dreams. Occupational licensure is a fancy way...

By Raheem Williams

Hillary Halstead-Scott and Brad Scott, Small Business Owners

Hillary Halstead-Scott and Brad Scott, Small Business Owners

“This is crushing liability.” “Louisiana makes it extremely hard to do business in the state because of the countless hours and dollars it takes to ensure accurate compliance with all of the taxing jurisdictions. It’s overwhelming, and both businesses and consumers alike suffer because of the fragmented nature of the Louisiana sales tax collection system.”...

How States Should Think About Antitrust

How States Should Think About Antitrust

There are fewer policy topics more talked about, and less understood than antitrust. Many Americans are aware that the government has from time to time broken up companies when they have amassed too much power, but how do we know when that line has been crossed? How should market power be balanced against benefits to consumers...

By Eric Peterson

OpEd: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Would Cripple Businesses

OpEd: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Would Cripple Businesses

Originally published in Newsweek The Biden administration is moving full steam ahead on its illegal vaccine mandate, urging businesses to implement the requirement even after a federal appeals court issued an emergency stay. Intruding on personal medical decisions is bad enough, but the president has never acknowledged the unprecedented financial burden the OSHA mandate would...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Release: New Policy Report Shows Louisiana Licensing Laws Hurt Economic Mobility

Release: New Policy Report Shows Louisiana Licensing Laws Hurt Economic Mobility

The Pelican Institute’s report on occupational licensing shows how Louisiana is an outlier and low to moderate income Louisianans are held back because of the regulations. For media inquires contact Ryan Roberts at ryan@pelicaninstitute.org NEW ORLEANS– The right to earn a living is the cornerstone of the American Dream, but occupational licensure is an often-overlooked form...

By Ryan Roberts

When The Entrepreneurs Go Marching Out

When The Entrepreneurs Go Marching Out

How Licensing Holds Back the Pelican State Occupational licenses function as a government permission slip to work in a profession. Laws requiring them are generally passed by states and require a professional to meet entry requirements that often include minimum levels of education and training, job experience, passing exams, and paying fees. Proponents of licensing...

Brandon Trosclair, Grocery Store Owner

Brandon Trosclair, Grocery Store Owner

Meet Brandon Trosclair. Brandon is a proud Louisianan and business owner who is standing up against the Biden administration and their illegal vaccine mandate on businesses.  Husband, father, and grocer, Brandon wears many hats in his community. Brandon is a second-generation grocer that employs nearly 500 people with 15 grocery stores across Louisiana and Mississippi. His...

Louisiana’s Sales Tax Laws Are a Nightmare for Small Business Owners

Louisiana’s Sales Tax Laws Are a Nightmare for Small Business Owners

To say that the internet has changed the way Americans shop and do business is an understatement. Products once available only through catalogues or brick and mortar stores can now be purchased with a few mouse clicks and show up at your door within days.  Consumers benefit from the ability to choose from among a...

By Sarah Harbison

Release: New Lawsuit Intends to End Louisiana’s Red Tape Nightmare for Small Businesses

Release: New Lawsuit Intends to End Louisiana’s Red Tape Nightmare for Small Businesses

NEW ORLEANS– Louisiana’s approach to sales taxes has created a red tape nightmare for businesses. With retailers forced to deal with a wide variety of local rules and mounds of tax paperwork just to be able to sell their products in the state, the hurdles are just too high for many companies to make it work....

By Ryan Roberts

Release: Pelican Institute Praises Passage of Amendment 2

Release: Pelican Institute Praises Passage of Amendment 2

Constitutional Amendment 2 passes at the ballot box and marks the turning point to put Louisiana back on the path to prosperity. For Media Requests Contact: Ryan Roberts (ryan@pelicaninstitute.org) NEW ORLEANS– Pelican Institute CEO, Daniel Erspamer released the following statement following the passage of Amendment 2 by the people of Louisiana. Amendment 2 starts the process...

By Ryan Roberts

Release: Appeals Court Orders Federal Government To Halt Implementation of OSHA Vaccine Mandate In Response To Petition By Brandon Trosclair

Release: Appeals Court Orders Federal Government To Halt Implementation of OSHA Vaccine Mandate In Response To Petition By Brandon Trosclair

Appeals Court Orders Federal Government To Halt Implementation of OSHA Vaccine Mandate In Response To Petition By Brandon Trosclair Ruling: “…the Mandate threatens to substantially burden the liberty interests of reluctant individual recipients put to a choice between their job(s) and their jab(s).” NEW ORLEANS– The federal government has been ordered to halt all implementation and...

By Ryan Roberts