Social worker sues state for opportunity to help kids in need

By Sarah Harbison
by Sarah Harbison, general counsel & director, Pelican Center for Justice Ursula Newell-Davis lives in New Orleans and cares deeply about the well-being of her community. Through her work as a social worker and as a mother to her own special needs son, Ursula has seen first-hand that children with disabilities and their families need...

TAGS: facility need review, Litigation, Pelican Center for Justice, regulation

Pelican Statement: Governor Vetoes Rural Broadband

On Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards’ vetoed an important piece of legislation for connecting Louisianans to high speed internet. SB 406 by Senator Beth Mizell would have removed government barriers that are preventing countless Louisianans from getting connected. The following is a statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive officer of the Pelican Institute, regarding Gov....

TAGS: broadband internet, digital divide, internet, regulation

Pelican, Partners Release Policy Solutions to Close State Digital Divides

As connectivity has become more important than ever, elected officials at all levels of government are facing issues, challenges, and opportunities that have previously been largely unexplored. To that end, today, the Pelican Institute joined other public policy groups across the nation in releasing policy solutions to help states close the digital divide following COVID-19. This...

TAGS: 5G, broadband internet, Center for Technology and Innovation Policy, innovation, regulation, technology

What Louisiana’s Government Should and Shouldn’t Do During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Louisiana, the response by the governor and the various boards of the state has been swift and far-reaching. The Pelican Institute appreciates their efforts to remove red tape in areas like telemedicine and delaying tax payments for hard-working Louisianans, which is critical in a time of economic crisis...

TAGS: regulation, regulatory reform, technology, Transparency

Restoring the Right to Earn a Living

In Restoring the Right to Earn a Living: A Common-Sense Solution to Occupational Licensing Job Barriers, Goldwater Institute Director of National Litigation Jon Riches examines the burdens inflicted by onerous job licensing requirements in Louisiana. And for many Louisiana job-seekers, it’s a pretty grim situation. “For too many professions, occupational licensing requirements do not exist...

TAGS: Economy, Jobs, occupational licensing, regulation

Small Businesses Rate Louisiana #7 for Best Training Programs, State Earns B+ Overall

By Margaret Viator
05/19/2013, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has released the second-annual Small Business Friendliness Survey showing that small businesses rated Louisiana among the most business friendly states, particularly in terms of its training programs and labor regulations.

TAGS: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Louisiana business environment, regulation, Small Business Friendliness Survey, Taxes,