Press Releases

Release: New Policy Report Shows Louisiana Licensing Laws Hurt Economic Mobility

Release: New Policy Report Shows Louisiana Licensing Laws Hurt Economic Mobility

The Pelican Institute’s report on occupational licensing shows how Louisiana is an outlier and low to moderate income Louisianans are held back because of the regulations. For media inquires contact Ryan Roberts at ryan@pelicaninstitute.org NEW ORLEANS– The right to earn a living is the cornerstone of the American Dream, but occupational licensure is an often-overlooked form...

By Ryan Roberts

Release: New Lawsuit Intends to End Louisiana’s Red Tape Nightmare for Small Businesses

Release: New Lawsuit Intends to End Louisiana’s Red Tape Nightmare for Small Businesses

NEW ORLEANS– Louisiana’s approach to sales taxes has created a red tape nightmare for businesses. With retailers forced to deal with a wide variety of local rules and mounds of tax paperwork just to be able to sell their products in the state, the hurdles are just too high for many companies to make it work....

By Ryan Roberts

Release: Pelican Institute Praises Passage of Amendment 2

Release: Pelican Institute Praises Passage of Amendment 2

Constitutional Amendment 2 passes at the ballot box and marks the turning point to put Louisiana back on the path to prosperity. For Media Requests Contact: Ryan Roberts (ryan@pelicaninstitute.org) NEW ORLEANS– Pelican Institute CEO, Daniel Erspamer released the following statement following the passage of Amendment 2 by the people of Louisiana. Amendment 2 starts the process...

By Ryan Roberts

Release: Appeals Court Orders Federal Government To Halt Implementation of OSHA Vaccine Mandate In Response To Petition By Brandon Trosclair

Release: Appeals Court Orders Federal Government To Halt Implementation of OSHA Vaccine Mandate In Response To Petition By Brandon Trosclair

Appeals Court Orders Federal Government To Halt Implementation of OSHA Vaccine Mandate In Response To Petition By Brandon Trosclair Ruling: “…the Mandate threatens to substantially burden the liberty interests of reluctant individual recipients put to a choice between their job(s) and their jab(s).” NEW ORLEANS– The federal government has been ordered to halt all implementation and...

By Ryan Roberts

Release: Federal Appeals Court Suspends Federal Vaccine Mandate

Release: Federal Appeals Court Suspends Federal Vaccine Mandate

Brandon Trosclair, Louisiana business owner, filed his lawsuit with attorneys from the Liberty Justice Center and Pelican Institute to stop vaccine mandate – mandate now on hold for all Americans NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana business owner, Brandon Trosclair and a group of workers from Texas have successfully halted the Biden Administration’s illegal vaccine mandate. The Fifth Circuit Court...

By Ryan Roberts

RELEASE: Lawsuit Filed to Stop Federal Vaccine Mandate

RELEASE: Lawsuit Filed to Stop Federal Vaccine Mandate

In a historic fight to stop government overreach, a Louisiana business owner and remote workers from Texas sue to halt OSHA vaccine rule NEW ORLEANS — A prominent Louisiana business owner and a group of remote workers from Texas have filed a federal lawsuit to strike down the Biden Administration’s illegal vaccine mandate on private sector...

By Ryan Roberts

Louisiana Native Named Heritage Foundation President

Louisiana Native Named Heritage Foundation President

Lafayette’s own Dr. Kevin Roberts has been appointed the new president of the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation, the most broadly-supported public policy organization in the country. Founded in 1973, Heritage has been a strong voice in Washington for the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Dr. Roberts...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

RELEASE: Pelican Institute Launches New Policy Center Focused on Reducing Poverty

RELEASE: Pelican Institute Launches New Policy Center Focused on Reducing Poverty

NEW ORLEANS – Today, The Pelican Institute for Public Policy announced the launch of the Kevin Kane Center for Opportunity Policy. The Kane Center has formed to promote solutions to reduce poverty and remove barriers to opportunity so that every Louisianan has the opportunity to flourish. In particular, the Center’s work will focus on issues...

By Ryan Roberts

Statement from the Pelican Institute On LDOE’s Plan to Combat Learning Loss

Statement from the Pelican Institute On LDOE’s Plan to Combat Learning Loss

BATON ROUGE— Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after the Dr. Cade Brumley announced the Louisiana Department of Education’s plan to combat learning loss after the 2021 school year: “Recent testing data made clear what many have guessed: our school children are behind, and we have work to do to get them back on...

By Ryan Roberts

Statement from the Pelican Institute Upon the Release of 2021 LEAP Scores

Statement from the Pelican Institute Upon the Release of 2021 LEAP Scores

BATON ROUGE— Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after the release of the 2021 LEAP test scores. ”Today’s announcement of 2021 LEAP results confirmed what we’ve feared all along, that Louisiana public school students have lost valuable ground in their academic preparation. We must act with urgency to support strong plans for...

By Ryan Roberts

Statement from the Pelican Institute Upon the End of the Veto Override Session

Statement from the Pelican Institute Upon the End of the Veto Override Session

BATON ROUGE—CEO of the Pelican Institute, Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after the end of the veto override session: “It is disappointing that the Legislature was unable to override the veto of HB38 that would have brought sunlight to billions of dollars that Louisiana school boards spend each year. “While the governor believes that transparency...

By Ryan Roberts

Statement from the Pelican Institute Upon the Announcement of the Veto Override Session

Statement from the Pelican Institute Upon the Announcement of the Veto Override Session

BATON ROUGE—CEO of the Pelican Institute, Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after the announcement of the veto override session: “We applaud the decision of the legislature to allow this veto-override session to proceed. While there will be much talk about the historic nature of this session, the people of Louisiana care more about results...

By Ryan Roberts

Statement from the Pelican Institute Upon the Veto of Fiscal Transparency for School Districts

Statement from the Pelican Institute Upon the Veto of Fiscal Transparency for School Districts

BATON ROUGE—CEO of the Pelican Institute, Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed Representative Rick Edmonds’ bill to make school district finances transparent: “We are disappointed that Governor Edwards would veto this good-government transparency legislation. Louisiana outspends most of our neighbors per student while achieving among the lowest educational outcomes...

By Ryan Roberts

Pelican Institute Praises Passage of the Louisiana Tax Simplification Package

Pelican Institute Praises Passage of the Louisiana Tax Simplification Package

BATON ROUGE— The Pelican Institute for Public Policy CEO, Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after the Louisiana Tax Simplification Package passed through the legislature. “Today, the legislature took the first step in crafting tax reform necessary to write Louisiana’s comeback story. Today’s actions start the process of simplifying our overly complex and burdensome tax code that...

By Ryan Roberts