Press Releases

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

STATEMENT: Pelican Institute Commends the House for Passing Legislation to Streamline LA Sales Tax Collection

STATEMENT: Pelican Institute Commends the House for Passing Legislation to Streamline LA Sales Tax Collection

BATON ROUGE— The Pelican Institute for Public Policy CEO, Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after the streamlined sales tax collection bill passed out of the House. “The Louisiana House took a great step forward today by passing legislation to streamline the collection of sales tax. We commend Speaker Schexnayder on leading this effort and call upon...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Tax Reform Package is on the Way to Final Passage in the Senate

Tax Reform Package is on the Way to Final Passage in the Senate

BATON ROUGE—Representative Bishop’s HB 278 and Representative Riser’s HB 292 cleared their final committee hearings today after passing out of the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs committee. The tax reform legislation will increase job growth and opportunities for Louisiana families and lower our income tax rate to the lowest in the Southeast among states with...

By Ryan Roberts

Statement from the Pelican Institute Upon the Passage of Expenditure Limits Out of the House

Statement from the Pelican Institute Upon the Passage of Expenditure Limits Out of the House

BATON ROUGE— Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer released the following statement upon the passage of HB 273 and 276 out of the House: “The passage of HB 273 and 276 by Representative Beaullieu represents the advancement of a set of principles that will ensure our state is on firm financial footing in the coming years. By tying our state...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

RELEASE: Pelican Institute Applauds the House for Passing Individual Tax Reform

RELEASE: Pelican Institute Applauds the House for Passing Individual Tax Reform

BATON ROUGE— Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer released the following statement upon the passage of HB 278 out of the House: “The Louisiana legislature took the first step in writing Louisiana’s comeback story. By passing Chairman Bishop’s individual tax rate reform, Louisiana will become more competitive with our neighbors and encourage our friends and family to continue...

By Ryan Roberts

STATEMENT: Tax Reform Legislation Clears Another Hurdle

STATEMENT: Tax Reform Legislation Clears Another Hurdle

BATON ROUGE—The Pelican Institute for Public Policy released the following statement after SB159 by Senator Allain passed out of the House Civil Law Committee: “Tax reform legislation cleared another hurdle today after passing out of the House Civil Law committee. We commend Chairman Allain on taking up this important issue. It is critical that we...

By Ryan Roberts

Statement from Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer Upon the Passing of Buddy Roemer

Statement from Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer Upon the Passing of Buddy Roemer

  BATON ROUGE—The Pelican Institute for Public Policy CEO Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after the passing of former governor Buddy Roemer: “Buddy Roemer was an advocate for the people of Louisiana. His work as a reformer of the state government aimed to create a future for all Louisianans to thrive. His life serves...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

STATEMENT: Pelican Institute Applauds the Senate on the Passage of HB199

STATEMENT: Pelican Institute Applauds the Senate on the Passage of HB199

BATON ROUGE (5.12.2021)— Pelican Institute for Public Policy CEO, Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after the passage of the streamlined sales tax collection bill from the Louisiana Senate with a vote of 37-0. “We applaud the Louisiana legislature on taking another step towards the passage of this critical legislation. By streamlining our sales tax collection we...

By Ryan Roberts