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Pelican Leadership Academy 2023: Applications Now Open!

Pelican Leadership Academy 2023: Applications Now Open!

We are excited to announce applications for the Pelican Leadership Academy are now open! The Pelican Leadership Academy is committed to training and equipping future Louisiana leaders from a variety of backgrounds and ages who are committed to advancing the fundamental principles of liberty in the Pelican State. Our classes bring together leaders from across...

By Aly Rau

STATEMENT: Louisiana Legislature Passes the Right to Earn a Living Act

STATEMENT: Louisiana Legislature Passes the Right to Earn a Living Act

For media inquiries please contact Ryan Roberts (504) 481-9931 or ryan@pelicaninstitute.org. Baton Rouge — CEO of the Pelican Institute, Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after the Louisiana legislature passed HB1062, the Right to Earn a Living Act: “Countless Louisianans give up pursuing their dreams every day because of arbitrary roadblocks and hurdles. Occupational licensing reform is about...

By Ryan Roberts

RELEASE: Statement From the Pelican Institute Upon House Passage of Education Savings Accounts

RELEASE: Statement From the Pelican Institute Upon House Passage of Education Savings Accounts

For media inquiries please contact Ryan Roberts (504) 481-9931 or ryan@pelicaninstitute.org. Baton Rouge — CEO of the Pelican Institute, Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after the passage of HB 33 out of the Louisiana House of Representatives to create education savings accounts for kids of foster families, military families, and families denied a transfer from D...

By Ryan Roberts

Mississippi Moves Forward with Tax Reform

Mississippi Moves Forward with Tax Reform

by Brett Kittredge, Empower Mississippi This week, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed the largest tax cut in state history into law. Over the next four years, Mississippi will create the largest tax exemption in the country, become one of ten states to operate with a simple and fair flat tax, and lower its tax rate...

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Register Now for Solutions Summit 2022: The Comeback

Register Now for Solutions Summit 2022: The Comeback

Mark your calendar! On March 7th, the Pelican Institute will be hosting its 2022 annual Solutions Summit at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge. Solutions Summit attendees will get an exciting opportunity to listen to and engage with high-profile policy, community, and legislative leaders from Louisiana and beyond. Throughout the day, attendees will get...

By Aly Rau

American Rescue Plan Bringing Billions to Louisiana: How Should they Be Spent?

American Rescue Plan Bringing Billions to Louisiana: How Should they Be Spent?

Louisiana is set to receive $3.2 billion in federal relief dollars from the American Rescue Plan of 2021. This is a large amount of money and it is crucial that the state government use this money wisely and responsibly. In order to get the maximum effect from these dollars we recommend legislators abide by the...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission and Vision

WHO WE ARE The Pelican Institute for Public Policy believes every person should have the opportunity to flourish. The Institute’s mission is to research and develop policy solutions to address the most significant barriers to opportunity in Louisiana. We educate the public about the benefits of individual liberty and free enterprise, turning great ideas into...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Pelican Hires Louisiana Native as VP for Advocacy

Pelican Hires Louisiana Native as VP for Advocacy

Today, the Pelican Institute announced the hiring of Louisiana native and grassroots advocacy professional John Kay as its new vice president for advocacy. Kay will assume the same role with an aligned tax-exempt organization, Pelican Action, Inc. Kay’s introduction signifies a new chapter for the Pelican Institute, as the organization plans to rally Louisianans around...

Local, National Experts to Speak at Solutions Summit 2.0

Local, National Experts to Speak at Solutions Summit 2.0

We’re one week away from the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Solutions Summit 2.0. Next Thursday, January 30 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge, join state and national policy leaders as we unveil solutions to the biggest problems facing Louisiana. Today, we’re excited to share our all-star speaker line-up for the event, which includes legislators...

Solutions Summit 2.0 Agenda Revealed

Solutions Summit 2.0 Agenda Revealed

There’s still time to register for the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Solutions Summit 2.0 on January 30 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge. Sign up by clicking here today and help us spread the word so your friends, colleagues and family can reserve their spots before the event sells out. At Solutions...

5 New Years Resolutions for Louisiana

5 New Years Resolutions for Louisiana

The New Year brings with it a fresh start and opportunities to shed old habits and forge a new path to self-improvement. For many of us, that means going to the gym, eating healthier or saving more money. But, what if we apply this same concept to government? Louisiana could certainly use some self-improvement. The...

We’re Hiring! Apply to be General Counsel for the Pelican Institute for Public Policy Today

We’re Hiring! Apply to be General Counsel for the Pelican Institute for Public Policy Today

General Counsel The Pelican Institute for Public Policy/Pelican Center for Justice New Orleans or Virtual Office in Louisiana https://talentmarket.org/general-counsel-pelican/ If you are a freedom-loving lawyer looking for an opportunity to make a highly-leveraged impact on freedom in Louisiana and across the country, this is the position for you. You’ll join a high-powered, talented team, and,...

Beverages to Geaux

Beverages to Geaux

Since the first drive-thru daiquiri stand opened in Lafayette in 1981, the boozy, sugary drink-on-the-go concept has spread far and wide and is undoubtedly a Louisiana institution. But, while picking up a daiquiri (or two) has become a Louisiana tradition, businesses offering alcohol delivery services have been off the menu. Thankfully, two pieces of legislation,...

Louisiana doesn’t need to raise its gas tax

Louisiana doesn’t need to raise its gas tax

Another Louisiana legislative session, another proposal to raise the gas tax. With Louisiana’s infrastructure in admittedly bad shape, it’s clear that something needs to be done. What’s disappointing is that the prevailing opinion of how to solve this problem would do nothing to address it while increasing the tax burden on citizens. Those who support...