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BGR denounces levee board bill

Apr 23, 2014

A New Orleans-based government research group on Tuesday called for rejection of legislation that would give Gov. Bobby Jindal sweeping authority to remove members of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority.

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: Governance, Levees

Stephanie Grace: Bill eliminates board’s independence

Apr 22, 2014

Various witnesses rang the alarm bells, arguing that the term “public policy” is “kind of squishy,” as Bureau of Governmental Research President Janet Howard put it, and that the measure would absolutely politicize the board.

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: Governance, Levees

Public employees’ pensions are a budget’s black hole: James Varney

Apr 22, 2014

In a report last April, the Bureau of Governmental Research, which has delved into the time bomb of New Orleans area public pensions, minced few words. “In summary, multiple factors have contributed to the high costs associated with firefighter pensions,” the BGR concluded. “Given this background, one might expect plan generosity to suffer. So far, this has not happened. The New Orleans firefighter pension plan is remarkably generous.”

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Pensions

Bureau of Governmental Research still opposes amended bill that gives governor power to remove levee

Apr 22, 2014

The New Orleans-based Bureau of Governmental Research said Tuesday that it remains opposed to a bill proposed by state Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, that has been amended to give the governor new authority to remove board members of regional New Orleans levee authorities from office.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Governance, Levees

Critics blast mayor’s plan to overhaul civil service

Apr 21, 2014

The Bureau of Governmental Research and the New Orleans Business Council are among the groups that are supportive of the mayor’s proposals.

Source: FOX 8

Filed under: Civil Service, Orleans Parish

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