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Economic ‘Freedom’ Study Ranks Louisiana Below Average

Economic ‘Freedom’ Study Ranks Louisiana Below Average

The Cato Institute has released this year’s edition of the “Freedom In the 50 States” index. Louisiana ranked below average in the study, which looked at state and local policies within the “fiscal, regulatory and personal realms” and used those policies to create a numerical list to rank all 50 states. Among the issues noted...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Statement: The Pelican Institute Congratulates The Newly Elected BESE Officers

Statement: The Pelican Institute Congratulates The Newly Elected BESE Officers

BATON ROUGE— CEO of the Pelican Institute, Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after new officers were elected for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). “Congratulations to BESE members Jim Garvey, Kira Orange Jones, and Sandy Holloway for being elected to serve as officers of BESE. We thank former president Sandy Holloway for...

By Ryan Roberts

Parents Deserve More Transparency

Parents Deserve More Transparency

More transparency leads to better decisions. In all areas of government, we know this to be true. But this fact is especially important when it comes to making decisions that dictate the success of our children. However, in Louisiana, parents have scant access to valuable financial data for our schools. Therefore parents, key decision-makers and...

By John Kay

New Orleans Cracks Down on Small Businesses

New Orleans Cracks Down on Small Businesses

Fresh off a decisive re-election victory, New Orleans Mayor, LaToya Cantrell has decided to begin “coordinated sweeps” to crack down on unregistered food vendors operating pop-up venues across the city. The city is attempting to generate tax revenue by cracking down on these entrepreneurs. New Orleans has misdiagnosed the problem and failed to realize that...

By Raheem Williams, Ryan Roberts

Candy Billiot, Retired Hairdresser

Candy Billiot, Retired Hairdresser

“I have always loved cutting hair. As a child, my sisters would get mad when I cut their dolls’ hair, but before long I was cutting their hair for them and on my way to graduating beauty school.” “I started my first job at a locally-owned salon in our mall after graduating beauty school in...

RELEASE: New Report Uncovers the Truth Behind the Proposed Freeport-McMoRan Settlement

RELEASE: New Report Uncovers the Truth Behind the Proposed Freeport-McMoRan Settlement

The Pelican Institute’s report shows that despite claims that the proposed Freeport-McMoRan settlement would help the coast, there will be questionable impact on coastal restoration. For media inquires contact Ryan Roberts at ryan@pelicaninstitute.org NEW ORLEANS– Lawsuits targeting oil and gas companies with the promise of bringing dollars for coastal restoration have had a chilling effect that...

By Ryan Roberts

Is Value-Added Data Adding Value in Louisiana’s School Accountability System?

Is Value-Added Data Adding Value in Louisiana’s School Accountability System?

If you’ve paid any attention to K-12 education reform in Louisiana over the past several years, particularly about teacher evaluations, teacher preparation programs, and school accountability ratings, you’ve probably heard or read about the use of “value-added data”. It’s a wonky term, but even most lay people understand the concept of value-add – that is,...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

OpEd: Why Louisiana should lead the world in Bitcoin mining

OpEd: Why Louisiana should lead the world in Bitcoin mining

Originally Posted in the Center Square Louisiana has long been a leading state in energy production. Our state is blessed with the energy resources that power portions of the United States and the rest of the world. While the oil and gas industry is used to power homes, cars, and other aspects of everyday life,...

By Eric Peterson

Louisiana Education Dashboard

Louisiana Education Dashboard

Despite spending the most per student, Louisiana consistently ranks at the bottom of the country in educating our kids. If we are ever going to fix our education system, parents and communities need transparent information to get an accurate snapshot of how schools are preparing our kids for their futures. With this in mind, the...

By Ryan Roberts

Louisiana Needs Occupational Licensure Reform

Louisiana Needs Occupational Licensure Reform

We Need To Reinstate Louisianans Right to Earn a Living Louisiana law and administrative codes are chock-full of burdensome regulations that keep countless Louisianans from realizing their full potential. Some of the most offensive examples of these regulations are expansive and burdensome occupational licensure requirements to pursue their dreams. Occupational licensure is a fancy way...

By Raheem Williams

Hillary Halstead-Scott and Brad Scott, Small Business Owners

Hillary Halstead-Scott and Brad Scott, Small Business Owners

“This is crushing liability.” “Louisiana makes it extremely hard to do business in the state because of the countless hours and dollars it takes to ensure accurate compliance with all of the taxing jurisdictions. It’s overwhelming, and both businesses and consumers alike suffer because of the fragmented nature of the Louisiana sales tax collection system.”...

How States Should Think About Antitrust

How States Should Think About Antitrust

There are fewer policy topics more talked about, and less understood than antitrust. Many Americans are aware that the government has from time to time broken up companies when they have amassed too much power, but how do we know when that line has been crossed? How should market power be balanced against benefits to consumers...

By Eric Peterson

OpEd: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Would Cripple Businesses

OpEd: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Would Cripple Businesses

Originally published in Newsweek The Biden administration is moving full steam ahead on its illegal vaccine mandate, urging businesses to implement the requirement even after a federal appeals court issued an emergency stay. Intruding on personal medical decisions is bad enough, but the president has never acknowledged the unprecedented financial burden the OSHA mandate would...

By Daniel J. Erspamer