A Tax Plan for Our Brighter Future paper-digital In Louisiana’s Comeback: A Tax Reform for Our Brighter Future, the Pelican Institute identifies the state’s significant tax problems and proposes a path to set the state in a brighter direction, including flattening the personal and corporate income taxes to 3.5% rates, reducing the number of tax preferences, eliminating...View Report
Although food stamp participation rates typically increase during a recession, a new study demonstrates that the rate of growth between 2008 and 2012 is unique.
The new system of evaluating teacher effectiveness often includes “value-added” data that measures the extra value a teacher adds to a student's standardized test score. Value-added data offers an objective measure of teacher effectiveness that did not previously exist.
As states across the country face fiscal crises, discussions have begun about legislation which would permit individual states to declare bankruptcy. Currently, federal law prohibits states from filing for bankruptcy, but a number of prominent policymakers and scholars have proposed changing the rules.
As the proposed redevelopment of the Iberville housing projects moves forward incrementally, nascent opposition to transforming the last of New Orleans remaining “Big 4” pre-Katrina projects has begun to swell, as evinced in the piece by Elizabeth Cook of NewOrleansindymedia.org.
As Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute points out, there is widespread hostility towards the financial sector even though: 140 banks failed in 2009 regulators and Congress encouraged banks to make high-risk loans many banks were required by Hank Paulson to take the TARP money in 2008 all but one large bank repaid TARP funds...