(BIG) Solutions (mini) Summit(s) Tax Reform Recap

By Daniel J. Erspamer
Louisiana’s tax code is a serious hindrance to job growth in our state. During the Pelican Institute’s recent “(BIG) Solutions (mini) Summit(s),” our expert keynote speakers and panelists offered  several proven solutions to simplify Louisiana’s burdensome tax code. If you missed the Summit(s), take a look at the videos below to learn how we can...

TAGS: Budget, jobs and opportunity, Louisiana, Louisiana Legislature, tax reform, Taxes

Principles for Broadband Expansion with the American Rescue Plan of 2021

Louisiana’s state and local governments will be receiving approximately $5.18 billion from the federal government because of the American Rescue Plan of 2021. Part of that $5.18 billion is earmarked for water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure projects. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted that many rural areas still struggle with broadband internet access.  Louisiana policymakers should invest...

TAGS: broadband internet, COVID-19, innovation, Louisiana, Louisiana Legislature, technology

Thoughts on Legislative Session Pause Over COVID-19

Today, the Louisiana State Legislature voted to pause the current legislative session over the continued and rapidly moving fallout from the worldwide spread of COVID-19. The Pelican Institute understands the legislature’s decision to proceed cautiously and appreciates the diligent work by national, state, and local leaders to limit the continued spread of the virus. Uncertain...

TAGS: jobs and opportunity, legislative session, Louisiana Legislature

Missed Opportunities During Legislative Session Increases Importance of Fall 2019 Elections

With the 2019 regular legislative session coming to a close this week, the Pelican Institute wants to take some time to reflect on the victories achieved and opportunities missed by lawmakers. This was an abbreviated legislative session and that, combined with rapidly approaching fall elections, made chances for the possibility of enacting transformational policy reforms...

TAGS: Budget, Education Reform, Free Market, Louisiana, Louisiana Legislature, Medicaid, Taxes, Transparency

While Louisiana is Sinking, Many Are Concerned with Re-arranging the Deck Chairs

It’s no secret to the people of Louisiana that things aren’t going well. The state has a shrinking labor force, an antiquated budget system, a struggling education system and a backlog of infrastructure projects that are in need of addressing. Given these issues, it’s no surprise that there is a sizable population that is leaving...

TAGS: Budget, Education Reform, Louisiana, Louisiana Legislature, Medicaid, Transparency

Louisiana doesn’t need to raise its gas tax

Another Louisiana legislative session, another proposal to raise the gas tax. With Louisiana’s infrastructure in admittedly bad shape, it’s clear that something needs to be done. What’s disappointing is that the prevailing opinion of how to solve this problem would do nothing to address it while increasing the tax burden on citizens. Those who support...

TAGS: Gas Tax, Louisiana Legislature, transportation