Recent News About Pelican Institute for Public Policy
The Pelican Institute for Public Policy demands change in auto insurance rates in the midst of the ongoing Louisiana Insurance Commissioner race.
The Pelican Institute for Public Policy's CEO called for a more impactful legislative session this fall and said it was up to the state's voters to demand change.
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Free speech is core of Louisiana attorney's suit challenging bar membership requirement, expert says
A Louisiana attorney has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the requirement that anyone who practices law in the state much join the Louisiana State Bar Association.
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Litigation against oil companies contributes to slowdown of Louisiana economy, Pelican Institute says
A Baton Rouge think tank calls Louisiana’s recent spate of parish lawsuits against oil companies a drain that is affecting the state’s entire economy.
NEW ORLEANS – Supporters of auto insurance reform in Louisiana have indicated they hope there will be another attempt to pass reform measures in the next legislative session.
For years, Louisiana has ranked among the nation’s "worst Judicial Hellholes," chiefly due to its lawsuit culture and high taxes.
Currently, gas is taxed at 20 cents per gallon. Four cents goes to transportation infrastructure and the remaining 16 cents goes to the Department of Transportation and Development, of which only 1.56 cents goes to roads and bridges. While some leaders are pushing for an increase in the gas tax, Graves is advocating for gas tax reform, saying that reform can bring improvement to the roads without hiking taxes.
As Louisianans continue to suffer from some of the highest auto insurance rates in the nation, policy and reform groups are advocating for electing leaders committed to reform.
The general counsel for the Pelican Institute for Public Policy believes the issue of state court vs. federal court should take a back seat to the holistic damage coastal litigation cases are inflicting on the state’s fragile business climate.
Following a string of lawsuits filed against the energy industry, business groups are concerned about the toll that pursuing litigation against major job providers may have on the state. New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell, however, is determined to seek out relief for purported damages.
For those who call Louisiana home, a decrease in record-high auto insurance rates is coming as a relief, though a price drop is not a direct result of any reform or legislation.
For years, Louisiana has been fighting record-high auto insurance rates that has led to lost opportunities and has negatively impacted consumers
Various Louisiana reform groups have been discussing the recent legislative session’s outcome, specifically the bills that were passed versus the ones that were killed.
NEW ORLEANS – Failure to pass legislation that would have reformed auto insurance rates in Louisiana - which are among the highest in the country - is frustrating to a policy organization that had advocated for reform.
Since the 1990s, reform-minded and politically conservative groups have been attempting to cut auto insurance rates and bring more accountability to the system as a whole. However, Louisiana's auto insurance premiums remain the second-highest in the nation.
Numerous policy and pro-business groups in Louisiana have been working hard to raise awareness about the reasons behind high insurance rates in the state; Pelican Institute for Public Policy is hopeful that meaningful reform will come sooner rather than later.
Pelican Institute says governor's office is just one area where Louisiana needs leadership and vision
The gas and oil industry is one of the biggest job providers in Louisiana, bringing thousands of jobs to residents; however, the lawsuits the industry is facing from various state parishes and cities has become a topic that gubernatorial candidates are using as a powerful talking point.
In a push to bring much-needed reform to Louisiana, state Rep. Kirk Talbot is sponsoring House Bill 372, which will change how courts handle car accident cases in an effort to subsequently lower auto insurance rates.
Pelican Institute official says litigation attack on oil and gas industry inevitably hurts working families
Following a series of coastal lawsuits that have been filed against the oil and gas industry, a sizable number of individuals and business interest groups have begun to speak out against what they believe to be unfair blame being placed on a single industry, when the situation is much more complicated.