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Occupational Licensing Reform Would Benefit All Louisianans

Occupational Licensing Reform Would Benefit All Louisianans

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...

By Eric Peterson

Louisiana Gets Serious About Innovation

Louisiana Gets Serious About Innovation

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...

By Eric Peterson

Pelican Institute Announces its 2021 Legislative Agenda

Pelican Institute Announces its 2021 Legislative Agenda

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...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Sandboxes will Bring Innovation to Louisiana

Sandboxes will Bring Innovation to Louisiana

Sandboxes are alternative regulatory frameworks for companies with innovative products or business models. These companies still have to meet consumer protection requirements, but don’t have to work through years of  red tape. Sandboxes have been introduced both across the country and the world. States like Utah, Wyoming, and Florida have all embraced sandboxes. A study...

By Eric Peterson

The Pelican Center for Justice Submits an Amicus Curiae Brief to Uphold Property Rights

The Pelican Center for Justice Submits an Amicus Curiae Brief to Uphold Property Rights

Last Spring, we shared the story of Peyman Pakdel, an Ohio small business owner who hoped to one day retire to San Francisco with his wife, Sima Chegini. Mr.Pakdel is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider his case and the Pelican Center for Justice submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of his...

By Sarah Harbison

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

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

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...

By Eric Peterson

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

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

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...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Principles for Broadband Expansion with the American Rescue Plan of 2021

Principles for Broadband Expansion with the American Rescue Plan of 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...

By Eric Peterson

Opportunity to Improve Roads Without Tax Increases Coming this Session

Opportunity to Improve Roads Without Tax Increases Coming this Session

It should come as no surprise to any Louisianan that the state consistently ranks near the bottom when it comes to infrastructure. When traveling the state, it becomes clear that every parish seems to need a road or bridge repaired. Fortunately, State Representative Mark Wright has a bill this coming session that aims to bring...

By John Kay

Tax reform will grow Louisiana jobs and kickstart the economy

Tax reform will grow Louisiana jobs and kickstart the economy

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...

By John Kay

A year later: Where are we?

A year later: Where are we?

by Eric Peterson, director of the Pelican Center for Technology and Innovation Policy This week is a somber anniversary, as it marks one year since Americans were forced to lockdown across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, after a year of health and economic devastation caused by the virus and subsequent government lockdowns,...

By Eric Peterson

Pelican Responds to Settlement in Oil and Gas Lawsuits

Pelican Responds to Settlement in Oil and Gas Lawsuits

by Morgan Wampold, director of communications Today, despite the lack of support expressed by state lawmakers, local elected officials, and industry leaders across the coast, state officials announced they have signed onto a proposed agreement seeking to settle coastal land loss claims against a single defendant that no longer operates in Louisiana. The following is a...

N.C. tax reform: A model for Louisiana

N.C. tax reform: A model for Louisiana

by Brian Balfour, senior vice president of research, John Locke Foundation If Louisiana wants to look for inspiration for tax reform, they could do no better than North Carolina. Aggressive, yet sensible, tax cuts paired with fiscal restraint is what made North Carolina “The national model for conservative tax reform,” according to Patrick Gleason, vice...

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