Policy Reports

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...

Memo: Information about the Freeport/Mosaic Settlement Agreement

Memo: Information about the Freeport/Mosaic Settlement Agreement

Background about the settlement agreement Over the last decade, coastal Louisiana parishes have filed a total of 42 lawsuits against more than 200 energy companies. The parishes allege that the defendants’ federally authorized oil and gas exploration and production activities caused coastal land loss. Defendants named in these lawsuits range from major oil and gas...

By Sarah Harbison

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

Restoring the Right to Earn a Living: A Common-Sense Solution to Occupational Licensing Job Barriers

Restoring the Right to Earn a Living: A Common-Sense Solution to Occupational Licensing Job Barriers

Louisiana has a problem — a licensing problem. Louisiana has some of the most onerous and unusual licensing requirements in the country. The state also ties for first in licensing the most lower-income professions in the country. An occupational license is a government permission slip to work in one’s chosen field. Occupational licenses have been...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Reforming Criminal Justice in Louisiana

Reforming Criminal Justice in Louisiana

Louisiana’s long history as the most incarcerated state in America has not served its citizens well. The legacy of heavy imprisonment has burdened the state with massive social and financial costs. But with a wealth of new data and exceptional bipartisanship on this issue, it’s time for Louisianans to demand better from their criminal justice...

By Sarah Harbison

A Quality Education for Every Louisiana Resident

A Quality Education for Every Louisiana Resident

Louisiana cannot have a bright economic future without a workforce equipped with the skills and training necessary to compete in a 21st century economy. Revamping Louisiana’s educational system stands as an economic imperative—and a moral one, too. Ensuring that every child has access to a high-quality education of their choosing will help ensure that every...

By Daniel J. Erspamer