Policy Reports

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

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

Reforming Local Government in Louisiana

Reforming Local Government in Louisiana

Many lawmakers have spent the past several years trying to convince the citizens of Louisiana that their state government has a revenue problem. It does not. Rather, the state has a spending problem—one caused in large part by a governance problem. To put it bluntly, local and state government in Louisiana have a dysfunctional relationship,...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Budget Reform: A Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana

Budget Reform: A Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana

Over the past several years, Louisiana has lurched from budget crisis to budget crisis, with lawmakers gathering for costly special sessions to patch together yet another stopgap solution. But after years of short-term thinking, policy-makers must at long last embrace a more comprehensive, holistic approach, to prevent the conditions that created the crises in the...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Using Tolling and Public-Private Partnerships to Fund/Finance Louisiana’s Roadways

Using Tolling and Public-Private Partnerships to Fund/Finance Louisiana’s Roadways

Building and maintaining a quality roadway network is critical to the movement of people, goods and services. Overall, Louisiana highways are in poor shape. The state ranks 14th worst in the nation in performance and cost effectiveness. Of the 11 categories in the ranking, the state is in the bottom 10 in three: urban Interstate...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Citizen’s Guide to Education

Citizen’s Guide to Education

It’s no secret that Louisiana is struggling to provide a quality education for its students. According to a 2018 policy analysis from the Cato Institute, Louisiana ranked 46 out of 50 in the quality of its schools. This ranking takes into account student demographics as well as National Assessment of Education Progress test scores. Given...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Mens Rea in Louisiana

Mens Rea in Louisiana

One of the most powerful functions government can exercise is holding someone criminally accountable for an action. This can result in a person’s loss of life, liberty, or property. Because of the ramifications that being found guilty of a crime can have, government should ensure that criminal laws are written clearly and unambiguously to ensure...

By Raheem Williams