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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...

Supreme Court’s Union Ruling Affirms Importance of Workplace Freedom

Supreme Court’s Union Ruling Affirms Importance of Workplace Freedom

The Supreme Court Wednesday in a landmark decision freed millions of public sector workers from the requirement of paying dues to a union as a condition of employment. Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer was interviewed by The Louisiana Record concerning the Janus v. AFSCME decision from the Supreme Court, with an article following highlighting how public sector...

By Trent Hill

Pelican Institute Announces Hire of Vice President and External Affairs Manager

Pelican Institute Announces Hire of Vice President and External Affairs Manager

NEW ORLEANS, La. (June 14, 2018) – Today, the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute) announces the hiring of Emily Davenport as vice president and Alyssa “Aly” Rau as external affairs manager. Both Davenport and Rau are Louisiana natives with deep, professional experience in the fields of government affairs and public policy. As vice president,...

By Trent Hill

Remembering Kevin Kane, Founder of The Pelican Institute

Remembering Kevin Kane, Founder of The Pelican Institute

Kevin Kane founded The Pelican Institute in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He guided it successfully for eight years before eventually succumbing to gastrointestinal cancer on October 28th, 2016, last Friday. Obituaries and memorial statements have been published in The Advocate, The Times-Picayune, The Gambit Weekly, and on the State Policy Network website. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State St., New Orleans. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m.

By Margaret Viator

The Importance of National Employee Freedom Week

The Importance of National Employee Freedom Week

The mission of NEFW is to inform government workers about their options for obtaining more freedom and flexibility in the workplace. This effort includes the participation of 86 groups located in 39 states around the nation.