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Henderson Lewis to lay out New Orleans school plan at April breakfast

Mar 26, 2015

Henderson Lewis Jr., the new Orleans Parish school superintendent, will share his ideas for his first half-year at an April 15 breakfast. … The Bureau of Governmental Research is hosting the event, which is sponsored by IberiaBank.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Schools

CONAWAY: A More Accessible and Transparent Judiciary Will Improve the Louisiana Legal Climate

Mar 19, 2015

More recently, the non-profit Bureau of Governmental Research was denied a public records request to state courts for documents related to the work of a legislatively created committee that studied the efficiency of the Louisiana judiciary, but held only two public hearings in three years and ultimately recommended no changes.

Source: LaPolitics.com

Filed under: Courts, Orleans Parish, Statewide

As New Orleans’ murders on the rise, number of NOPD homicide detectives falls

Mar 16, 2015

The unit has seen even leaner days. It had only 13 active detectives as recently as March 2010. But Gernon cited a study by the watchdog Bureau of Governmental Research that recommended staffing at least 32 homicide detectives in a city with New Orleans’ murder rate. The study was based on figures from 2011, when the city’s police had 199 murders to investigate.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: City Government, Crime, Orleans Parish

Metairie development district would control $1.2 million fund

Mar 3, 2015

But focusing public assets in a single area has drawbacks, according to a 2008 report by a government watchdog on special tax districts in Jefferson Parish. The Bureau of Governmental Research found that a special district can redirect public money away from more urgent needs, and that even if districts are successful, they can still have a negative effect on the parish overall.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Economic Development, Jefferson Parish, Taxes

Pay to play? This multimillion-dollar government contractor refuses to say

Feb 13, 2015

Louisiana Housing might have a strong argument, said Mike Purdy, a public contracting specialist who assisted the Bureau of Governmental Research with its landmark 2012 report on Jefferson Parish procurement practices. The company, he said, “could argue that the Housing Authority selected me based on a certain set of requirements and it did not include the requirement you didn’t pay somebody to help get the job.”

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Contracting, Jefferson Parish

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