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Solutions Summit 2024: It’s Geaux Time!

Solutions Summit 2024: It’s Geaux Time!

Join the Pelican Institute for its 2024 Solutions Summit on Thursday, March 7th in Baton Rouge! The Pelican Institute for Public Policy will host its annual Solutions Summit on March 7th, bringing policy experts and elected officials from across the country and state together to discuss the most critical policy issues facing Louisiana. Our previous...

Poll Shows Strong Support for Tax Reform as Pelican Unveils Plan

Poll Shows Strong Support for Tax Reform as Pelican Unveils Plan

Pelican Institute reform plan would flatten personal and corporate taxes, boost jobs in first year. Baton Rouge — As candidates for Louisiana governor debate the future of the state, a new poll shows Louisiana voters strongly support phasing out the state’s income tax while ushering in fiscal responsibility. Today, the Pelican Institute has released a...

By Jamie Tairov, Vance Ginn, Ph.D.

Solutions Summit Nostalgia

Solutions Summit Nostalgia

Register for Solutions Summit 2023 here! Curious about Solutions Summit? Check out some of the action from previous years… Last year’s Solutions Summit was an extraordinary opportunity for engaged citizens across Louisiana to come together to find solutions for the most significant issues facing our state. From occupational licensing reform to promoting school choice to...

By Chris Lowery

Louisiana Education Dashboard

Louisiana Education Dashboard

Understanding the data is extremely important in evaluating trends associated with, and the performance of, Louisiana’s elementary and secondary education system. Despite spending the most per student in the southeast U.S., Louisiana consistently ranks at the bottom of the country in public school educational outcomes. While there has been incremental progress, it’s been very slow, and generations...

By Erin Bendily, Ph.D.

Louisiana’s Economic Situation: November 2022

Louisiana’s Economic Situation: November 2022

Key Point: Louisiana’s labor market looks okay with a 3.3% unemployment rate but the labor force has 15,617 (-0.7%) fewer people in it than pre-shutdown in February 2020 and private sector employment is 34,400 (-2.1%) below then, indicating a much weaker labor market and economy overall. Labor Market: A job is the best path to...

By Vance Ginn, Ph.D.

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...

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...

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...

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