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Meeting the Press

Nov 23, 2017

Betsy Fischer Martin and Jonathan Martin will be the featured speakers when the Bureau of Governmental Research holds its annual lunch at noon Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Grand Ballroom of the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St.

Source: The Advocate

JP school leaders consider next move after teacher pay millage defeat

Nov 21, 2017

The millage was defeated by less than 500 votes after drawing opposition from the Bureau of Governmental Research, which called for a comprehensive study of school needs before any new tax is passed.

Source: FOX 8

Filed under: Government Finance, Jefferson Parish, On the Ballot, Schools, Taxes

Despite poll defeat, Jefferson Parish school leaders planning to bring taxes back before voters

Nov 21, 2017

Combining the facilities upgrades and teacher pay will have two main benefits, she added. It will give the school system time to figure out how to best target the raises to overcome retention problems — something the Bureau of Governmental Research said the proposal on Saturday’s ballot didn’t do — and it will also allow time to present the plan to the public and answer questions.

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: Government Finance, Jefferson Parish, On the Ballot, Schools, Taxes

School board member wants Jefferson Parish voters to reconsider teacher pay tax

Nov 21, 2017

That ongoing master plan study is one of the reasons the nonprofit government watchdog group Bureau of Governmental Research publicly opposed the tax. The group said the district rushed the tax proposition to the ballot without a comprehensive study to justify the raises

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Government Finance, Jefferson Parish, On the Ballot, Schools, Taxes

Our Views: Orleans’ proposed rainy-day fund could provide parish the financial base needed

Nov 18, 2017

The Bureau of Governmental Research backs the charter amendment, saying that while it is not an ironclad savings account, it is in line with best-practices in other city governments. “The requirement of a supermajority council vote for appropriations from the Savings Fund offers a check on misuse,” BGR said. “Still, it is imperative that the council adhere to the amendment’s clear intent and limit appropriations to times when the city faces a critical financial need.”

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: City Government, Government Finance, On the Ballot, Orleans Parish

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