Policy Reports

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

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