BATON ROUGE, La. (press release) – The following is a statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive officer of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute), regarding the Louisiana State Legislature’s decision to adjourn the current legislative session due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Pelican Institute understands the legislature’s decision to act cautiously and protect the safety of Louisiana citizens and leaders. During this time of uncertainty, our leaders must take wise precautions to limit the continued spread of COVID-19.
This legislative session presents many opportunities to solve key issues facing Louisiana, from fixing our fundamentally broken legal system to adding transparency to education spending and much more. Louisiana’s economy is already struggling, and this problem will likely accelerate given the rapidly evolving economic climate. Now more than ever, we must come together and embrace solutions to help everyone in our state.
The coming months will require creativity, thoughtfulness, determination and leadership in our policy discussions. We hope lawmakers will return to this important work in earnest and with urgency upon their return to the Capitol when session reconvenes. Until then, we will continue praying for the health and safety of everyone in our state, nation, and world.”