How Much Budget Reform Does Louisiana Need? [VIDEO]
Daniel Erspamer, CEO of Louisiana's Pelican Institute, talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about his group's ideas for revitalizing the state's economy.
Erspamer tells KEEL listeners that while the economy across America is booming, we are missing out because of high taxes, over-regulation and a burdensome state bureaucracy.
Here's an overview from the pelicaninstitute.org:
Over the past several years, Louisiana has lurched from budget crisis to budget crisis, with lawmakers gathering for costly special sessions to patch together yet another stopgap solution. But after years of short term thinking, policy makers must at long last embrace a more comprehensive, holistic approach, to prevent the conditions that created the crises in the first place. Coupled with constitutional reforms that will give lawmakers more flexibility to manage the entire state budget, rather than just small portions of it, improvements to the budget process will modernize the state’s practices - bringing the long-term fiscal stability necessary to bring jobs and opportunity back to Louisiana.