HB38 by Representative Rick Edmonds brings sunlight to local school district spending by adding many school districts to the Louisiana Fiscal Transparency Website, LouisianaCheckbook.com, and requiring other smaller entities to post enhanced transparency on their websites. It is modeled after both Louisiana Checkbook and an existing project by the Lafayette Parish School Board to post...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...