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STATEMENT: Pelican Institute Applauds the Senate on the Passage of HB199

STATEMENT: Pelican Institute Applauds the Senate on the Passage of HB199

BATON ROUGE (5.12.2021)— Pelican Institute for Public Policy CEO, Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after the passage of the streamlined sales tax collection bill from the Louisiana Senate with a vote of 37-0. “We applaud the Louisiana legislature on taking another step towards the passage of this critical legislation. By streamlining our sales tax collection we...

By Ryan Roberts

Changes to the Public Records Request Laws are a Potential Roadblock to Government Transparency

Changes to the Public Records Request Laws are a Potential Roadblock to Government Transparency

Louisiana’s public records statutes are designed to facilitate, rather than hinder, public access to records. In enacting these statutes, the legislature recognized that the public has a right to know about the decisions and deliberations that are part of the policy-making process. Unfortunately, a bill that would annihilate public access to government records is currently...

By Sarah Harbison

Revenue Triggers Are a Critical Component of Tax Reform

Revenue Triggers Are a Critical Component of Tax Reform

Louisiana is in desperate need of tax reform. The complexity of our tax code sends jobs and opportunities to friendlier states, and our friends and family with them. Simplifying our taxes will bring fairness and predictability to Louisiana, and it is an important first step to writing Louisiana’s comeback story. Right now, Louisiana lawmakers are...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Education Savings Accounts: A New Opportunity for Louisiana Kids

Education Savings Accounts: A New Opportunity for Louisiana Kids

While tax reform has rightly dominated the news coverage of Louisiana’s current legislative session, other bills filed by lawmakers are offering some very exciting opportunities for the state to introduce a new education reform that has proven beneficial for numerous families in other states. Education savings accounts, or ESAs for short, provide families of eligible...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

American Rescue Plan Bringing Billions to Louisiana: How Should they Be Spent?

American Rescue Plan Bringing Billions to Louisiana: How Should they Be Spent?

Louisiana is set to receive $3.2 billion in federal relief dollars from the American Rescue Plan of 2021. This is a large amount of money and it is crucial that the state government use this money wisely and responsibly. In order to get the maximum effect from these dollars we recommend legislators abide by the...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Its Time to Bring Reform to the River Pilots

Its Time to Bring Reform to the River Pilots

Louisiana has a long history of boards and commissions that lock out competition and exert enormous political pressure. The board that oversees river boat pilots on the Mississippi River is the clearest example of a system that hinders true government reform that our state desperately needs. Never heard of the river boat pilot board? You’re...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Another Reason Why Tesla Won’t Move to Louisiana

Another Reason Why Tesla Won’t Move to Louisiana

Why are successful and innovative companies moving south but not to Louisiana? The states outdated and expensive tax structure plays a major factor, but so does Louisiana’s desire to protect the status quo from innovation. Look no further than how Louisiana is treating Tesla, one of the most innovative and valuable companies in the world....

By Eric Peterson

Expand Access to Quality Health Care in Louisiana

Expand Access to Quality Health Care in Louisiana

One of the most important silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic, is testing firsthand which regulations are necessary and which ones are not. Case in point is the outdated requirement that nurse practitioners obtain collaborative practice agreements to provide care to the people of Louisiana. Collaborative practice agreements are a government requirement that various nursing...

By Eric Peterson

Louisiana Should Continue to Reject Government Owned Networks

Louisiana Should Continue to Reject Government Owned Networks

There is major movement on the broadband front in Louisiana. Not only will the Federal Communications Commission spend over $300 million to provide access to previously unserved areas over the next six years, Louisiana is also poised to spend $180 million on broadband projects due to federal funds. With tens of millions of dollars on...

By Eric Peterson

Poll Shows Overwhelming Majority of Louisianans Want Fiscal Transparency in Schools

Poll Shows Overwhelming Majority of Louisianans Want Fiscal Transparency in Schools

Why is Louisiana consistently ranked at the bottom when it comes to education even though we outspend our neighbors on our cost per student? A new poll shows that 94% of Louisianans agree that we need financial transparency in our school districts. Since our costs are so high and our outcomes are so bad, taxpayers...

By Ryan Roberts

Memo: Information about the Freeport/Mosaic Settlement Agreement

Memo: Information about the Freeport/Mosaic Settlement Agreement

Background about the settlement agreement Over the last decade, coastal Louisiana parishes have filed a total of 42 lawsuits against more than 200 energy companies. The parishes allege that the defendants’ federally authorized oil and gas exploration and production activities caused coastal land loss. Defendants named in these lawsuits range from major oil and gas...

By Sarah Harbison

We Need Tax Reform to Keep our Families in Louisiana

We Need Tax Reform to Keep our Families in Louisiana

Louisiana’s tax code is a mess. The complexity of our tax code has led to a decrease in investment in our state and a failure to bring new jobs and opportunities to Louisiana. With a dim outlook in Louisiana, our friends and family must make a choice, stay in Louisiana or pursue opportunities elsewhere. The...

By Ryan Roberts

March Job Numbers Show Desperate Need for Reform in Louisiana

March Job Numbers Show Desperate Need for Reform in Louisiana

As the vaccine flows into arms and Americans and they return to their normal lives after the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy has begun to boom. In March, more than 900,000 jobs were added to the economy lowering the unemployment rate to 6 percent, down almost an entire percentage point from the start of the year....

By Eric Peterson