We’re one week away from the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Solutions Summit 2.0. Next Thursday, January 30 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge, join state and national policy leaders as we unveil solutions to the biggest problems facing Louisiana. Today, we’re excited to share our all-star speaker line-up for the event, which includes legislators from Louisiana and other states, as well as top experts from around the country.

If you haven’t already, there’s still time to register! Sign up yourself and your friends, family and colleagues today and reserve your spots before it sells out.

Below is a breakdown of the speakers leading the Solutions Summit discussions throughout the day:

9:00 am – 10:30 am
Fixing the Hellhole – Solutions for a Broken Legal System

Moderator: Daniel Erspamer, CEO, Pelican Institute for Public Policy


Raymond Garofalo, Louisiana State Representative – District 103

Nathan Morris, Senior Director of Legislative Affairs, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform

Lee Parsley, General Counsel, Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR)

Michael Van Beek, Director of Research, Mackinac Center for Public Policy


10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Silicon Bayou – Policy Solutions for Emerging Technologies

Moderator: Eric Peterson, Director of Policy, Pelican Institute for Public Policy


Jonathon Hauenschild, Director for the ALEC Task Force on Communications and Technology & Task Force on Homeland Security

Brent Skorup, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Evan Swarztrauber, Policy Advisor, Federal Communications Commission


Medicaid Expansion and Its Impact on Louisiana’s Most Vulnerable

Moderator: Renee Amar, Vice President for Government Affairs, Pelican Institute for Public Policy


Tony Bacala, Louisiana State Representative – District 59

Chris Jacobs, Senior Fellow, Pelican Institute for Public Policy

Kyle Wingfield, CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation


Smart Justice for Fairness and Public Safety

Moderator: Nathalie Simon, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy Initiatives, Laitram, Inc.


Robert Alt, President & CEO, The Buckeye Institute

Lauren Krisai, Senior Policy Analyst, Justice Action Network

Marc Levin, Vice President of Criminal Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation and Right on Crime


12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Lunch Program: A School That Fits – Caring for Every Louisiana Child

***Special guest announcements coming soon!***


2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Comprehensive, Efficient, & Transparent Budgets

Moderator: Margaret Mire, State Affairs Manager, Americans for Tax Reform


Rick Edmonds, Louisiana State Representative – District 66

James Hohman, Director of Fiscal Policy, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Jonathan Williams, Chief Economist & Vice President for the Center for State Fiscal Reform, ALEC


Louisiana On the Move – Infrastructure Solutions for the 21st Century

Moderator: John Kay, State Director, Americans for Prosperity – Louisiana


Sharon Hewitt, Louisiana State Senator – District 1

Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow, CATO Institute

Austill Stuart, Director of Privatization and Government Reform, Reason Foundation


3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
In Da Parish – The Case for Local Government Reform

Moderator: Ethan Melancon, Policy and Research Manager, Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC)


Beryl Amedée, Louisiana State Representative – District 51

Joe Coletti, Senior Fellow, John Locke Foundation

John Hendrickson, Policy Director, Tax Education Foundation – Iowa


Pension Panic – Fostering a Sustainable System for Louisiana

Moderator: Carrie Griffin Monica, Executive Director, Stand Louisiana


Steven Gassenberger, Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation

Barrow Peacock, Louisiana State Senator – District 37

Phil Pavlov, former Michigan State Representative

Jonathan Williams, Chief Economist & Vice President for the Center for State Fiscal Reform, ALEC