Bureau of Governmental Research
Bureau of Governmental Research is a private, non-profit, independent research organization dedicated to informed public policy making and the effective use of public resources for the improvement of government in the New Orleans metropolitan area.
Nov 30, 2016
Today, the Bureau of Governmental Research elected seven new directors at the organization’s annual members’ meeting, held at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel.
Nov 10, 2016
Released in 2015, BGR’s report The $1 Billion Question: Do the Tax Dedications in New Orleans Make Sense? serves as a critical fact base for Lee Zurik’s Finding the Funds. The investigative series looks into Convention Center taxes. For BGR’s complete analysis, read The $1 Billion Question.
In July 2016, the national Governmental Research Association gave BGR the Most Distinguished Research award for The $1 Billion Question. The report provides a first-ever comprehensive view of where local tax revenues go.
Click to watch Part 1 of Finding the Funds now.
Nov 2, 2016
On October 27, 2016, an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge ruled in the City’s favor on how to apply the pension benefit calculation formula for City firefighters. The matter stemmed from a 2013 report in which BGR revealed that the New Orleans Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund was applying the benefits formula on more generous terms than those spelled out in state law.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Pan American Life Center
601 Poydras St.
20th Floor Atrium
Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu
The City of New Orleans
Mayor Landrieu will discuss his outlook for the City of New Orleans in 2017.
We have achieved capacity for this event. You may submit your name to the waiting list via email, click here or call (504) 525-4152, ext. 108.
Thanks to IBERIABANK for sponsoring the Breakfast Briefing series.
Mar 7, 2017
In an open letter to the Louisiana Legislature, BGR reiterates the problems with the state’s unusual nonprofit property tax exemptions. The letter explains the deficiencies in the current provisions, demonstrates their unusual status in the context of other states’ requirements and presents a template for a constitutional amendment.
Feb 13, 2017
Oct 20, 2016
In Reducing the Cost of Tomorrow: A Practical Guide to Pension Reform in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes, BGR explores the changes to public pension benefits policymakers can make to reduce the costs and risks associated with the pension plans. The report is the fourth installment in a series of BGR pension reports.