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Mythbuster: ESAs Help, Not Harm, Students, Schools, and Communities

Mythbuster: ESAs Help, Not Harm, Students, Schools, and Communities

It’s no secret that Louisiana’s state leaders have been eyeing what several other states have given their families over the past few years: the ability to make decisions regarding their child’s K-12 education. States are achieving this by introducing education savings accounts (“ESAs”). These are parent-directed accounts, funded by the state, that families can use...

By Erin Bendily, Ph.D.

Solutions Summit 2024: It’s Geaux Time!

Solutions Summit 2024: It’s Geaux Time!

Join the Pelican Institute for its 2024 Solutions Summit on Thursday, March 7th in Baton Rouge! The Pelican Institute for Public Policy will host its annual Solutions Summit on March 7th, bringing policy experts and elected officials from across the country and state together to discuss the most critical policy issues facing Louisiana. Our previous...

On the Radio (Waves)

On the Radio (Waves)

The first wireless communication took place in 1895, when Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi sent a morse code message that traveled over a kilometer of airwaves. Today, the idea of communicating through morse code or even a standard radio seems old fashioned. Wireless communication, however, is more common than ever. 97% of the United States population...

By Hope Schumaker

Reading and Math are Louisiana K-12 Education Priorities, but Are School Systems Prioritizing Them?

Reading and Math are Louisiana K-12 Education Priorities, but Are School Systems Prioritizing Them?

A recent news article highlighted Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley’s “far-reaching plans for Louisiana students.” He rightly identified the need for increased educational options and increased academic achievement in reading and math, particularly as students attending public schools continue to recover from pandemic learning loss, as his highest priorities. Louisiana currently ranks 42nd...

By Erin Bendily, Ph.D.

Governor Landry’s First State Budget Shows Signs of Fiscal Restraint

Governor Landry’s First State Budget Shows Signs of Fiscal Restraint

Governor Jeff Landry introduced his first state budget recommendation this week. Speaking to the Legislature in a joint committee meeting of appropriators, he touted this budget as the first step in fiscal restraint that will bring about stability, while planning for the expiration of COVID-era federal funding and a temporary sales tax increase passed in...

By Jamie Tairov

The Pelican Institute Center for Justice and the Liberty Justice Center Challenge Biden Administration Rule that Could Put Independent Workers out of Business

The Pelican Institute Center for Justice and the Liberty Justice Center Challenge Biden Administration Rule that Could Put Independent Workers out of Business

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2024 The Pelican Institute Center for Justice and the Liberty Justice Center Challenge Biden Administration Rule that Could Put Independent Workers out of Business New Orleans, LA—On February 8, the Pelican Institute and the Liberty Justice Center jointly filed a lawsuit challenging a Biden Administration rule that threatens the livelihoods...

By Team Pelican

Paying Down Debt Yields the Savings Promised

Paying Down Debt Yields the Savings Promised

Pelican previously highlighted the state budget that busted through its own limits to spend billions in extra taxpayer dollars at the end of the 2023 Regular Legislative Session. When the dust settled, the legislature spent approximately $2.2 billion in extra revenue fiscal year 2023 (FY 23) and nearly $1 billion more than was originally expected...

By Jamie Tairov

Louisiana Celebrates National School Choice Week

Louisiana Celebrates National School Choice Week

Last week, the Pelican Institute and Louisiana’s elected officials joined education-freedom-loving individuals from all over the United States in celebrating National School Choice Week. The annual event is intended to inform, inspire, and empower parents to discover the K-12 education options available for their children, while generating widespread public awareness of the importance of opportunity in...

By Erin Bendily, Ph.D.

Louisiana Should Follow the Sustainable Budget Revolution

Louisiana Should Follow the Sustainable Budget Revolution

Spending, not taxes, is the ultimate burden of government.  If you don’t spend money on a program, you don’t need to collect taxes to fund it. And if you don’t spend money on programs, the government can’t regulate things. Remember that government spending is paid for by the people, as the government creates nothing to...

By Vance Ginn, Ph.D.

Pelican Releases Two Updated Reports on Louisiana’s Budget

Pelican Releases Two Updated Reports on Louisiana’s Budget

The Pelican Institute has updated two popular reports released in 2023: the Citizen’s Guide to the FY 24 Louisiana Budget and recommendations to achieve a Louisiana Responsible Budget in 2024-2025. The two documents provide valuable information on state fiscal issues for citizens and policymakers alike. Louisiana’s economy is struggling with sluggish growth and a history...

By Jamie Tairov, Vance Ginn, Ph.D.

Louisiana’s 2024-2025 Responsible Budget

Louisiana’s 2024-2025 Responsible Budget

The report to achieve Louisiana’s 2024-2025 Responsible Budget presents solutions to rein in the extraordinary growth of the budget in order to give the state a competitive advantage, much like those used in other states, such as Texas and Florida, limiting the amount of funding appropriated at the beginning of each fiscal year. Over the...

By Vance Ginn, Ph.D.

Citizens’ Guide to the FY24 Louisiana Budget

Citizens’ Guide to the FY24 Louisiana Budget

The Citizen’s Guide to the FY 24 Louisiana Budget offers an overview and history of Louisiana’s operating and capital budgets, addresses the increase of the expenditure limit for fiscal years 2023 and 2024 and outlines how the state can begin to create a more responsible budget that is adaptable to the changing needs of Louisiana...

By Jamie Tairov

Louisiana Course Choice Report

Louisiana Course Choice Report

Louisiana has a 10-year old Course Choice program that gives students access to courses beyond what’s offered in their current school. Pelican’s new report looks back on the program’s implementation and offers recommendations on making the program more responsive to students’ needs. Click the report here to learn more.

By Team Pelican

Employment Declines for the 7th Straight Month: Louisiana Economic Situation January 2024

Employment Declines for the 7th Straight Month: Louisiana Economic Situation January 2024

Louisiana’s economy needs a comeback. While there are many reasons why, a major reason is that the state has now had a declining population for seven straight years, and employment has declined for six consecutive months. While there are positive indicators on the surface, the reality is much different for many Louisianans.  Let’s dive into...

By Vance Ginn, Ph.D.

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