Policy Reports

Louisiana Education Dashboard

Louisiana Education Dashboard

Choose your school system from the drop down box and see how it is performing. You can also print out individual pages by pressing the buttons at the top right of the dashboard.

By Ryan Roberts

When The Entrepreneurs Go Marching Out

When The Entrepreneurs Go Marching Out

How Licensing Holds Back the Pelican State Occupational licenses function as a government permission slip to work in a profession. Laws requiring them are generally passed by states and require a professional to meet entry requirements that often include minimum levels of education and training, job experience, passing exams, and paying fees. Proponents of licensing...

An Outlier in Civil Forfeiture

An Outlier in Civil Forfeiture

Civil Asset Forfeiture Imagine a world in which you are driving home from work only to be stopped and robbed of your vehicle and all the valuables in your possession. Now imagine the person doing this isn’t a criminal vagrant but an officer of the law. For most Louisianans, such a scenario sounds dystopian and...

School Board Spending Transparency

School Board Spending Transparency

HB38 by Representative Rick Edmonds brings sunlight to local school district spending by adding many school districts to the Louisiana Fiscal Transparency Website, LouisianaCheckbook.com, and requiring other smaller entities to post enhanced transparency on their websites. It is modeled after both Louisiana Checkbook and an existing project by the Lafayette Parish School Board to post...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

REPORT: The State of Broadband in Louisiana and Mississippi

REPORT: The State of Broadband in Louisiana and Mississippi

As COVID-19 continues to affect much of the world, people’s daily activities have shifted online. But while urban areas generally have access to fast and affordable internet, many rural areas are left with fewer, often expensive and unreliable options. This gap is known as the digital divide. This paper examines the digital divide in both...

Uncovering the Grade: A look into Louisiana’s school accountability system

Uncovering the Grade: A look into Louisiana’s school accountability system

Accountability is the bedrock of all education reforms in the United States. Testing and understanding the progress of students within a school illuminates the effectiveness of the curriculum and, in part, the instruction at the school level. Louisiana has had nearly three decades. of experience in developing and refining its accountability system, long before federal law...

By Sarah Harbison

Drones in Louisiana: Helping the Pelican State Take Flight

Drones in Louisiana: Helping the Pelican State Take Flight

The Louisiana economy is struggling, with 155,000 missing jobs in the state since the start of 2020 alone. As the drone industry continues to rapidly grow, Louisiana has a unique opportunity to be a leader in bringing this unique innovation, and jobs that come with it, to the pelican state. Read the full report HERE

By Eric Peterson

[REPORT] Medicine in a Digital World

[REPORT] Medicine in a Digital World

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many paradigms of daily life. While the necessary adjustments have been disruptive, they also present an opportunity for innovation. One lesson from the health care sector during the pandemic is that overly-restrictive regulations can limit much needed innovation in our health care system. Early in the crisis, many governors acted...

By Eric Peterson

Sandboxes will Bring Innovation to Louisiana

Sandboxes will Bring Innovation to Louisiana

Sandboxes are alternative regulatory frameworks for companies with innovative products or business models. These companies still have to meet consumer protection requirements, but don’t have to work through years of  red tape. Sandboxes have been introduced both across the country and the world. States like Utah, Wyoming, and Florida have all embraced sandboxes. A study...

By Eric Peterson

Reforming Medicaid in Louisiana

Reforming Medicaid in Louisiana

Medicaid enrollment in Louisiana has exceeded initial projections — As of November, 2017, 450,610 people were enrolled, as opposed to the 306,000 that were projected. Because of increased spending on Medicaid, Louisiana has ignored other priorities in the State, such as education and transportation. The Congressional Budget Office thinks that continued reliance on Medicaid will reduce...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Improving Louisiana’s Business Climate

Improving Louisiana’s Business Climate

Louisiana’s business climate consistently ranks among the worst in the nation. The state’s heavy tax burden is already enough to stifle economic investment. Adding Louisiana’s long-standing reputation as a legal swampland further discourages the economic growth needed in the state. Furthermore, the state’s massive and inefficient regulatory environment serves as another major barrier to job...

By John Kay

Reforming the Legal & Regulatory System in Louisiana

Reforming the Legal & Regulatory System in Louisiana

Louisiana’s current legal and regulatory environment stifles opportunities for job seekers and working families as more and more businesses move out of state in search of places with fairer, more predictable policies. While Republican and Democratic lawmakers have avoided major reforms over the last two decades, the state’s business and legal climate has continued to...

By Sarah Harbison