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Release: Pelican Institute Sues Biden Administration On Student Loan Debt Cancellation

Release: Pelican Institute Sues Biden Administration On Student Loan Debt Cancellation

For media inquiries please contact Chris Lowery (225) 726-1822 or chris@pelicaninstitute.org. Today, the Pelican Institute for Public Policy filed suit on behalf of Louisiana attorney Tommy Badeaux, challenging the Biden Administration’s illegal student loan debt cancellation program. ”You can’t carte blanche cancel half a trillion dollars of debts owed to the taxpayers without consulting them,”...

By Chris Lowery

Op-Ed: Louisiana NAEP Results: Higher Rankings, But Fewer Students Achieving

Op-Ed: Louisiana NAEP Results: Higher Rankings, But Fewer Students Achieving

Originally published in The Center Square  The U.S. Department of Education released 2022 results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which measures fourth and eighth grade students’ achievement in reading and math in individual states. Louisiana’s results, compared to results published in 2019 when the test was last given, were as follows: On...

By Erin Bendily

Release: Statement From The Pelican Institute On Freeport-McMoran Deal

Release: Statement From The Pelican Institute On Freeport-McMoran Deal

For media inquiries please contact Chris Lowery (225) 726-1822 or chris@pelicaninstitute.org. Baton Rouge — CEO of the Pelican Institute, Daniel Erspamer, released the following statement after the Department of Natural Resources usurped the wishes of Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin and Iberia Parishes, and signed for them in the proposed Freeport-McMoran settlement: “Government bureaucrats and trial...

By Chris Lowery

Louisiana’s Business Tax Climate Needs Work

Louisiana’s Business Tax Climate Needs Work

Today, the Tax Foundation released the 2023 State Business Tax Climate Index. The report ranks all fifty states based on the collective burdens of each state’s corporate income tax, individual income tax, sales tax, unemployment insurance, and property tax. The results show that spending restraint funded with low rate, broad-based taxes provide the best climate...

By Vance Ginn

Local Leaders Push Back Against Coastal Lawsuit Abuse

Local Leaders Push Back Against Coastal Lawsuit Abuse

Last week, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a state court must hear a lawsuit Plaquemines Parish brought against several oil companies. Plaquemines Parish alleges that drilling activity by Chevron, Exxon, and ConocoPhillips–that took place 80 years ago in support of the United States’ war effort–caused environmental damage. ...

By Sarah Harbison

Justice System Re-entry Reforms: Let’s Focus on Outcomes

Justice System Re-entry Reforms: Let’s Focus on Outcomes

On Wednesday, after nearly three years on hiatus, the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Implementation Oversight Council finally held a meeting. The meeting’s primary purpose was to discuss the implementation of programs created as a result of the state’s criminal justice reforms enacted in 2017. Those reforms were passed to increase public safety and reduce recidivism, which...

By Jamie Tairov

Pelican Institute: Louisiana Economic Report October 2022

Pelican Institute: Louisiana Economic Report October 2022

Louisiana Economic Situation October 2022 Key Point: Louisiana’s labor market looks okay on the surface but the working-age population is 12,366 (-0.35%) below pre-shutdowns in February 2020 and private sector employment remains 35,900 (-2.2%) below then. Moreover, the decline in real GDP annualized growth in Q2:2022 of 3% was the 5th worst in the nation. Labor...

By Vance Ginn

Occupational Licensure: It’s Not Just Regulations That Are The Problem

Occupational Licensure: It’s Not Just Regulations That Are The Problem

The Pelican Institute has long advocated for increased freedom for Louisianans to work and pursue the American dream. In particular, we’ve called to reform government regulation and interference through occupational licensure – a form of government permission slips for individuals to work within a given profession – unless there exists significant risks to consumers or...

By Erin Bendily

Solutions Summit 2023: Save the Date!

Solutions Summit 2023: Save the Date!

On March 9th, 2023, the Pelican Institute will be hosting our 2023 Annual Solutions Summit at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge. Solutions Summit attendees will get an exciting opportunity to listen and engage with high-profile policy, community, and legislative leaders from Louisiana and around the nation. Past Solution Summit speakers have included U.S....

By Aly Rau

Proper Police Funding is Needed to Reduce Violent Crime

Proper Police Funding is Needed to Reduce Violent Crime

Since the pandemic and protests, violent crime has been on the rise across the United States. Drug use and mental health issues have also risen, education outcomes are lower, and there is less opportunity for prospering despite the recent growth of the economy. In the midst of this turmoil, some have pushed the overcriminalization narrative...

By Jamie Tairov

St. Tammany Business Leaders Take Action In Education

St. Tammany Business Leaders Take Action In Education

There is much work to be done to improve our K-12 public schools in Louisiana. One of the most vital ways to enact change and improve our schools at the local level is for citizens and community leaders to ask the tough questions to those running for school board. That is why we recently released...

By Erin Bendily

BESE Can Delay, But Stronger Accountability Is Coming to Louisiana

BESE Can Delay, But Stronger Accountability Is Coming to Louisiana

For the second time, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) deferred action on a proposal that would strengthen Louisiana’s flawed K-12 public school accountability and rating system. While that’s disappointing, the good news is that approval is imminent. For over a year, the board has been studying ways to more transparently report...

By Erin Bendily

Release: Appeal Filed in Halstead Bead Remote-Seller Sales Tax Case

Release: Appeal Filed in Halstead Bead Remote-Seller Sales Tax Case

For media inquiries please contact Chris Lowery (225) 726-1822 or chris@pelicaninstitute.org New Orleans — Yesterday, Halstead Bead, represented by a team from the National Taxpayers Union Foundation’s Taxpayer Defense Center, the Pelican Institute, and the Goldwater Institute, filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in its ongoing lawsuit that...

By Chris Lowery

Taking Steps Toward Tax Reform

Taking Steps Toward Tax Reform

Louisiana has a highly complex system of personal income tax. Our system includes too many complicated exemptions, deductions, and carve-outs for certain taxpayers that reduce only their burden, as opposed to everyone. Moreover, we have a progressive tax system that increases the percentage paid when more money is earned. Legislation enacted in 2021 reduced the...

By Jamie Tairov