Legal & Regulatory

To bring jobs and opportunity back to Louisiana, the state needs to ensure a friendly, fair, and legally consistent legal and regulatory environment. Louisiana’s history of litigation abuse and government red tape continues to stifle opportunities for job seekers and working families to find good-paying jobs as businesses flee Louisiana for states with fairer, more predictable policies. Louisiana’s burdensome regulations and state government overreach only hinders our ability to create quality jobs for hard-working Louisiana families. Regulatory reform that limit strict government oversight is necessary to prevent jobs and opportunity from fleeing Louisiana to neighboring states currently experiencing economic booms.

Changes to the Public Records Request Laws are a Potential Roadblock to Government Transparency

Changes to the Public Records Request Laws are a Potential Roadblock to Government Transparency

Louisiana’s public records statutes are designed to facilitate, rather than hinder, public access to records. In enacting these statutes, the legislature recognized that the public has a right to know about the decisions and deliberations that are part of the policy-making process. Unfortunately, a bill that would annihilate public access to government records is currently...

By Sarah Harbison

Its Time to Bring Reform to the River Pilots

Its Time to Bring Reform to the River Pilots

Louisiana has a long history of boards and commissions that lock out competition and exert enormous political pressure. The board that oversees river boat pilots on the Mississippi River is the clearest example of a system that hinders true government reform that our state desperately needs. Never heard of the river boat pilot board? You’re...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Pelican Responds to Settlement in Oil and Gas Lawsuits

Pelican Responds to Settlement in Oil and Gas Lawsuits

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 statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive...

By Ryan Roberts

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...

By Editor

State Job Numbers Are No Cause for Celebration

State Job Numbers Are No Cause for Celebration

As Louisianans celebrate a vastly different kind of Mardi Gras this year, the latest economic data shows that COVID-19 has resulted in far more than cancelled parades. State and local government officials’ response to the pandemic has also led to significant job losses. Louisiana’s new economic data shows that while the number of Louisianans on...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Lawsuit to Help Louisiana Kids in Need

Lawsuit to Help Louisiana Kids in Need

A little-known Louisiana law is preventing Ursula Newell-Davis, a professional social worker, from helping at-risk kids in her local community. Tune into the PeliCast Tuesday, as we sit down with our friends at Pacific Legal Foundation to discuss this unconstitutional state law and the new lawsuit challenging it.

By Sarah Harbison

Social worker sues state for opportunity to help kids in need

Social worker sues state for opportunity to help kids in need

by Sarah Harbison, general counsel & director, Pelican Center for Justice Ursula Newell-Davis lives in New Orleans and cares deeply about the well-being of her community. Through her work as a social worker and as a mother to her own special needs son, Ursula has seen first-hand that children with disabilities and their families need...

By Sarah Harbison

Last Jobs Report of the Year A Mixed Bag

Last Jobs Report of the Year A Mixed Bag

by Eric Peterson, Director of Policy During the holiday season, Louisianans have more on their mind than the latest state economic reports. Yet as we enter the New Year, it’s important to understand where our state’s economy stands. Two reports, one from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the other from the Bureau of...

By Eric Peterson

Despite hiccups, Louisiana economy slowly moving forward

Despite hiccups, Louisiana economy slowly moving forward

by Eric Peterson, Director of Policy As 2020 winds down, I can’t help but reflect on the difficulties we’ve all experienced, both on the health and economic fronts, throughout this year. Fortunately, as a vaccine appears within reach, so too is a return to a strong economy. The latest jobs release from the Bureau of...

By Eric Peterson

COVID-19 Lawsuits Update

COVID-19 Lawsuits Update

Several lawsuits have been filed over COVID-19 mandates in many states around the country. Tune in today to get the latest on lawsuits over contact tracing, curfew rules, and more, as Kansas Justice Institute’s Sam MacRoberts joins the PeliCast!

By Sarah Harbison

Constitutional Amendment 4 Discussion

Constitutional Amendment 4 Discussion

Join us live on Wednesday at noon, as State Rep. Beau Beaullieu tells us how Constitutional Amendment #4 can transform Louisiana’s outdated approach to budgeting to help stop fiscal cliffs and strengthen our working families. You’ll want to watch this one before you go to the ballot box!

By John Kay

Latest Jobs Report Has Bad News for Louisiana

Latest Jobs Report Has Bad News for Louisiana

This hasn’t been a year of positive news. Over the last few months, however, there have been some bright spots for Louisiana and the nation’s economies, as they have been steadily moving in the right direction. But, the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics has some sobering news for those who expected...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

SCOTUS Nomination Process with The Cato Institute

SCOTUS Nomination Process with The Cato Institute

The past few years have featured several fiercely partisan and contentious Supreme Court nominations. But has this always been the case, and why is the process the way it is now? On this PeliCast, the The Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro joins us to discuss the politics at play in the current and other recent nominations...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Constitutional Amendments on the Nov. 3 Ballot

Constitutional Amendments on the Nov. 3 Ballot

You’ve heard about the seven Constitutional Amendments on the Nov. 3 ballot, but what do they actually mean for Louisianans? Tune in Tuesday at 9 a.m., as we break down each amendment with Dr. Steven Procopio, Policy Director of the Public Affair Research Council of Louisiana, live on the PeliCast!

By Daniel J. Erspamer