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The August Jobs Report is A Massive Disappointment for Louisiana

The August Jobs Report is A Massive Disappointment for Louisiana

Louisiana’s August jobs report was underwhelming even with the lowered expectations due to the national jobs report which missed expectation by more than half a million jobs. Although, Louisiana’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.6 to 6.2, the reason for this decrease was not because people were finding jobs. Instead, the decrease was driven by people...

By Eric Peterson

Education Savings Accounts Should Be Part of Louisiana’s Comeback Strategy

Education Savings Accounts Should Be Part of Louisiana’s Comeback Strategy

As thousands of southeast Louisiana students and their families struggle once again to resume schooling in the wake of Hurricane Ida, and as state officials work to implement a “Louisiana Comeback” plan to address significant student learning loss as a result of COVID-related interruptions, Louisiana must look to bigger, bolder solutions to give children and...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

City of New Orleans Collects over $460,000 in Expired Taxes

City of New Orleans Collects over $460,000 in Expired Taxes

This week, reports surfaced showing the city of New Orleans erroneously collected more than $460,000 from an expired French Quarter sales tax. Now that this money has been taken unnecessarily from consumers, the city of New Orleans is stuck with it and can’t even spend it. Will they give the money back to taxpayers instead? Unlikely....

By Ryan Roberts

Louisiana’s Love Affair with Legal Plunder

Louisiana’s Love Affair with Legal Plunder

The law should be a tool to protect people and their property from arbitrary and detrimental acts against them. When working correctly, the law should ensure all Louisianans feel safe and secure in their person and property. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world.  Sometimes the government erodes the rule of law to exploit...

By Raheem Williams

What are the Constitutional Amendments on the November Ballot?

What are the Constitutional Amendments on the November Ballot?

It’s that time again! Constitutional amendments are on the ballot across Louisiana on October 9th, and we are here to help you start making sense of what they mean. This year, we have four amendments on the ballot, all dealing with taxes and spending in our state. We will have a more thorough breakdown of...

By John Kay

July Jobs Report Shows Promise But A Long Road to Economic Recovery

July Jobs Report Shows Promise But A Long Road to Economic Recovery

The latest state job report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed some economic recovery, but mainly because of growth in government and education jobs. After adding only 4,300 jobs from May to June, 12,700 jobs were added from June to July. The civilian labor force remained essentially unchanged, so the unemployment rate dropped from...

By Eric Peterson

We Can Do Better For Our Children

We Can Do Better For Our Children

This week, following public testimony and in response to stakeholder feedback, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted to defer several proposed changes to the state’s K-12 school accountability formula. This is good news for kids and communities around the state, and BESE members deserve our gratitude for doing the right thing in...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

We Can Defeat Poverty, But Must Choose Real-World Strategies To Do It

We Can Defeat Poverty, But Must Choose Real-World Strategies To Do It

Louisiana is undoubtedly one of America’s cultural centers. Cajun, Creole, Spanish, and other influences mix here like no other place in the world. Rich in natural resources and cultural heritage, the state has an immense capacity to ensure everyone has the opportunity to flourish. Unfortunately, by most objective measures, Louisiana isn’t living up to its...

By Raheem Williams

RELEASE: Pelican Institute Launches New Policy Center Focused on Reducing Poverty

RELEASE: Pelican Institute Launches New Policy Center Focused on Reducing Poverty

NEW ORLEANS – Today, The Pelican Institute for Public Policy announced the launch of the Kevin Kane Center for Opportunity Policy. The Kane Center has formed to promote solutions to reduce poverty and remove barriers to opportunity so that every Louisianan has the opportunity to flourish. In particular, the Center’s work will focus on issues...

By Ryan Roberts

Pre-Pandemic Status Quo Should Not Be the Goal

Pre-Pandemic Status Quo Should Not Be the Goal

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released spring 2021 LEAP test results, showing declines in student achievement from the last time students took the tests in 2019. The results confirmed what we feared, that Louisiana children whose overall academic performance already trailed the nation lost valuable ground — a decrease in five percentage points overall...

By John Kay

How Can Accountability Drive Student Outcomes?

How Can Accountability Drive Student Outcomes?

In this PeliCast, Mississippi State Superintendent, Dr. Carey Wright; Chief Accountability Officer of the MS Department of Education, Dr. Paula Vanderford; and Senior Policy Fellow at ExcelinEd, Christy Hovanetz will join Daniel Erspamer in a discussion on how to create a school accountability system that prioritizes the futures of our children.

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Louisiana School Accountability Needs a Reset

Louisiana School Accountability Needs a Reset

The education policy community in Louisiana has been in a heated debate over the last several months over the state’s school accountability formula. A little-known and even less understood formula drives school letter grades, spending decisions, and administrative actions that have a big impact on our state’s kids. First, some history: Louisiana was an early...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Statement from the Pelican Institute On LDOE’s Plan to Combat Learning Loss

Statement from the Pelican Institute On LDOE’s Plan to Combat Learning Loss

BATON ROUGE— Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after the Dr. Cade Brumley announced the Louisiana Department of Education’s plan to combat learning loss after the 2021 school year: “Recent testing data made clear what many have guessed: our school children are behind, and we have work to do to get them back on...

By Ryan Roberts