Local Government

The constant fiscal crises in Baton Rouge have affected governments throughout the state—64 parishes and sheriffs, 300 municipalities, 70 school boards, and other special districts. Our Constitution centralizes too much control with the state legislature in ways that preclude parishes from managing their own affairs. As part of constitutional reforms, state government should remove the strings from local authorities, giving them more flexibility to provide services at the local level and enhancing accountability at all levels of government.

2020 Elections Preview and Outlook

2020 Elections Preview and Outlook

Who’s in the lead and what are polls saying about the Presidential and other major elections around the nation? Tune in Monday at noon for a special live PeliCast with Brent Buchanan, founder and CEO of Cygnal Polling, as we dive into the latest numbers and see who’s ahead as Election Day approaches!

By John Kay

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 Beau Beaullieu tells us how Constitutional Amendment #4 can transform Louisiana’s outdated approach to budgeting to help stop fiscal cliffs and strengthen our working families.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

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 3: Keva Landrum

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 3: Keva Landrum

Tune in Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. for the next in our series of Orleans District Attorney election PeliCasts! On this episode, we’re joined by former Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge and DA candidate Keva Landrum.

By Sarah Harbison

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 2: Jason Williams

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 2: Jason Williams

Tune in Monday at 9 a.m. for the next in our series of Orleans District Attorney election PeliCasts! On this episode, we’re joined by New Orleans City Councilman and DA candidate Jason Williams.

By Sarah Harbison

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 1: Arthur Hunter

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 1: Arthur Hunter

Watch the first in our series of Orleans District Attorney election PeliCasts! On this first episode, we’re joined by former Orleans Criminal District Court Judge and current DA candidate Arthur Hunter.

By Sarah Harbison

Protecting Life and Liberty in a Pandemic

Protecting Life and Liberty in a Pandemic

Did Louisiana’s government infringe on the rights of its citizens with its COVID-19 mandates? Join Pelican CEO Daniel Erspamer for a special PeliCast with Sarah Harbison on Thursday, as they discuss Louisiana’s public health emergency laws and ways we can stop government overreach in the future!

By Sarah Harbison

July Sees Major Spike in Louisiana Unemployment Claims

July Sees Major Spike in Louisiana Unemployment Claims

Following the revelation that Louisiana suffered one of the worst Q1 economic declines in the nation, today’s weekly unemployment claims announcement contains even more bad news for Louisianans. Despite remaining steady over the past six weeks, the Department of Labor reports the week of July 4 saw a 45 percent increase in the number of...

PeliCast Town Hall: Legislative Updates and Thoughts on Economic Shutdown

PeliCast Town Hall: Legislative Updates and Thoughts on Economic Shutdown

Calling all St. Tammany residents! Watch the special Get Louisiana Working Town Hall we hosted with State Sen. Patrick McMath and Rep. Mark Wright – State Representative. We discussed updates at the legislature and how state leaders are feeling about the latest impacts of COVID-19 and the economic shutdown.

By John Kay

Pelican Unveils Policy Solutions to Get Louisiana Working in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Pelican Unveils Policy Solutions to Get Louisiana Working in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Today, the Pelican Institute released its Get Louisiana Working Policy Solutions. This plan outlines reforms to key public policy areas to encourage the return of jobs and opportunity and to strengthen the state’s economy following the destruction resulting from COVID-19 and measures taken to address it. The Pelican Institute is also calling on state leaders...

PeliCast Town Hall: Next Steps for the Legislature and Tax Reform

PeliCast Town Hall: Next Steps for the Legislature and Tax Reform

Calling all Lafourche and Terrebonne residents! Watch our first-ever PeliCast Town Hall with Representative Tanner Magee and Jerome Zeringue State Representative, as we discussed the legislature’s plans to respond to the COVID-19 health and economic crises and also the critical tax reforms we need to enact to Get Louisiana Working.

By Daniel J. Erspamer