Articles written by: Fergus Hodgson

Fergus Hodgson is the capitol bureau reporter with the Pelican Institute for Public Policy and editor of The Pelican Post. He can be contacted at fhodgson@pelicaninstitute.org, and one can follow him on twitter.

Fiscal Watchdog Ranks Louisiana 43rd in Nation for Indebtedness
Budget / Corruption / Featured / Pelican Site Featured

Fiscal Watchdog Ranks Louisiana 43rd in Nation for Indebtedness

A new state ranking for assets relative to liabilities, released this week, finds Louisiana to be the second most indebted state in the South. Despite a balanced budget requirement, Louisiana has still managed to acquire $21 billion more in liabilities than it has assets to offset them.

The Purple Wave Finds Conflict with New Orleans City Plans
Budget / Corruption / Featured / Labor

The Purple Wave Finds Conflict with New Orleans City Plans

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has requested limited removal of seniority privileges from consideration in city lay-offs, and the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union is unimpressed.

Guest Commentary: Tapping Strategic Oil Reserves – Bad Policy or Party Politics?
Energy & Environment

Guest Commentary: Tapping Strategic Oil Reserves – Bad Policy or Party Politics?

Over the next 30 days, the U.S. and other partners within IEA will release these reserves to offset disruptions in global oil supply caused by the recent social and economic turmoil occurring throughout the Middle East.

Clean Sweep for Prison Reforms, But as Weakened Versions
Featured / Justice / Pelican Site Featured / Poverty

Clean Sweep for Prison Reforms, But as Weakened Versions

While all five of the proposals out of the Sentencing Commission passed, the most controversial received amendments to water them down. Dana Kaplan (pictured) of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana spoke with The Pelican Post and assessed what the outcome means for Louisiana.

Back from the Dead! Debt Relief Amendment Gains Louisiana Approval
Budget / Constitution / Featured / Pelican Site Featured

Back from the Dead! Debt Relief Amendment Gains Louisiana Approval

Achieving a highly improbable turnaround, Rep. Noble Ellington’s (R-Winnsboro) resolution for an anti-debt amendment to the U.S. Constitution won approval from the Louisiana Senate yesterday.