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More state budget cuts inevitable in 2017, Dardenne says

Sep 22, 2016

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told the Bureau of Governmental Research today that the state will have no choice but to make additional cuts to departments and agencies of state government starting in January 2017 to balance the budget for the remainder of the fiscal year that ends June 30.

Source: Uptown Messenger

Filed under: Government Finance, Statewide, Taxes

University of New Orleans enrollment drop has silver linings for Nicklow

Sep 20, 2016

Speaking at a Bureau of Governmental Research breakfast in July, Nicklow announced his intention to revitalize the university, improve enrollment and add new facilities. He emphasized the university’s impact on the region: 42,000 alumni and $470 million pumped into the economy.

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Jefferson hotels to begin charging an extra 1 percent to help boost tourism

Aug 11, 2016

The Bureau of Governmental Research, a local nonpartisan think tank, opposed the self-assessment by New Orleans hotels, saying such surcharges diminish the ability of governments to propose their own taxes to generate revenue.

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: Economic Development, Government Finance, Jefferson Parish, Taxation & Assessments, Taxes

The $165 million question: How best to invest New Orleans’ tourism tax revenue?

Aug 3, 2016

The BGR study estimated that the hotel taxes generated $165.9 million in 2015. After accounting for all the pass-throughs and levels of distributions, the watchdog group estimated that about $126.8 million — 76 percent — went to tourism-related entities. The remaining 24 percent went to public services such as city government, transportation and education.

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: City Government, Economic Development, Government Finance, Infrastructure, Orleans Parish, Taxation & Assessments, Taxes

President John Nicklow wants 12,000 students at University of New Orleans in 5 years

Jul 21, 2016

In five years, new University of New Orleans president John Nicklow envisions a revitalized school — with 12,000 students. “That is a lofty goal,” he admitted to an audience Thursday (July 21) at a Bureau of Governmental Research breakfast.

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Schools

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