The proposed settlement is heralded by some as a major victory, supposedly securing $100 million for the state to use for coastal restoration. In reality, the proposed settlement, if adopted, would yield nowhere near $100 million and divert much of the money it did raise to unrelated government spending. Two key flaws undermine the settlement’s...View Report
The Pelican Institute has released three pieces of research to clear the air over the National Debt Relief Amendment and other Article V amendments. Escalating debt and an unrestrained federal government suggest the time is overdue for a state-initiated amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The Pelican Institute's transparency site is shining light on generous overtime pay for state employees, and a local news channel has latched onto the finding.
On Saturday, the Shreveport Times ran an op-ed coauthored by Kevin Kane of the Pelican Institute and Mark Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. They note that the Bayou State has the highest incarceration rate per capita in the United States, and an address of criminal justice reform is overdue.
"While the $1.6 billion shortfall is a legitimate concern, a greater danger lurks beneath the surface and eventually could dwarf our current challenges."
A feasibility study by Burk-Kleinpeter Inc. and HDR Engineering emphasizes the economic and social benefits of the proposed high-speed rail linking New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Currently under revision, the final report is due March 16. With an estimated 78% probability of having a positive return on investment, the study claims that the value creation...