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Bureau of Governmental Research begins series of mayoral candidate questionnaires

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
By Times-Picayune Staff
The Times-Picayune

The Bureau of Governmental Research releases the first installment in a four-part Q&A series with mayoral candidates, “Questions for a New Mayor.”

The BGR submitted questions to all mayoral candidates on topics in four areas: the city’s budget, city services, infrastructure and blight. Four candidates – Rob Couhig, John Georges, Mitch Landrieu and James Perry – responded. BGR is presenting the Q&A to the public in a web-only, fourpart series.

BGR asked candidates the following questions on the City’s Budget:

• The recent city budget crisis is a sign of things to come for the next administration. As state and federal recovery funds run dry, the burden will fall increasingly on local government to maintain itself financially. What measures would you take to increase revenues? What measures would you take to protect and expand the tax base? Be specific about your strategy, including your approach to tax increases, exemptions and economic growth.
• What measures would you take as mayor to decrease expenditures while ensuring an appropriate level of city services? Name at least three specific measures.

The next three installments will follow on Thursday, Jan. 21; Tuesday, Jan. 26; and Thursday, Jan. 28.

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