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BGR honors officials, citizens for good work

May 15, 2016

The Bureau of Governmental Research last week presented its 2016 Excellence in Government Awards during a luncheon ceremony. Established in 1994, the awards program recognizes government employees and citizens for outstanding performance and creative problem-solving.

Source: The Advocate

Disappointment after Lower 9th Ward lot amendment fails

Nov 5, 2014

“We recognize that there is a need to take some action with respect to the Lower 9th Ward because the redevelopment has lagged,” said Janet Howard with the Bureau of Governmental Research. Howard said the proposed amendment raised red flags over property ownership and the power of the Louisiana Legislature.

Source: WWL-TV

Two constitutional amendments would affect only Orleans Parish

Nov 3, 2014

The Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonpartisan group, notes that the proposed amendment “would simply allow New Orleans city government to do what every other municipality in Louisiana can already do: ask voters to approve property taxes for police and fire services that are not subject to the homestead exemption.”

Source: The Advocate

Voting on 14 constitutional amendments

Oct 13, 2014

The Bureau of Governmental Research in New Orleans looked very closely at this issue, the amendment and the companion legislation, which voters don’t see. BGR is against this amendment and explains, “Given the extremely high vacancy rate in certain sections of the Lower Ninth Ward, a clear strategy for the future is warranted.

Source: Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Our Views: Amendments on blight

Oct 13, 2014

BGR noted that the law requires the donations and sets a bad precedent for lawmakers basically giving away property that is under the authority of the city or the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority.

Source: The Advocate

New alleged arrangement between Nagin and Lake Forest Plaza owner

Mar 4, 2013

With Nagin’s help and Burgos leading the way as the project developer, the TIF was approved by the City Council in 2009. But it was blasted as a bad, self-serving deal by community groups and the Bureau of Governmental Research, and it never went into effect.

Source: WWL-TV

Lake Terrace Shopping Center: As yet nothing to crow about

Jan 17, 2013

Janet Howard, head of the Bureau of Governmental Affairs, a non-profit research group that keeps a watchdog eye on City Hall, argues that developers “not current on their taxes or other obligations to the city” should not be given city incentives.

Source: The Lens

Empty New Orleans tower sits on prime site

Jan 12, 2013

Proposals and nascent deals to revive at least part of the building as a luxury hotel have died over the years as complex tax incentive and financing plans have fizzled. Part of the problem, said Janet Howard, head of the private watchdog group Bureau of Governmental Research, is that past efforts, which date back to the 1990s, “seemed to be politically driven rather than driven by the interest of the citizens of the city.”

Source: The Associated Press

Incentives were key as New Orleans was wooing Costco

Jun 17, 2012

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Governmental Research said the policy falls short of what’s needed to guide “smart, transparent investment decisions” and fails to set clear strategic goals for investment. The bureau also said the criteria are weak on why the public should invest in a project.

Source: The Times-Picayune

New amendments could affect city’s efforts to fight blight

Nov 4, 2010

The Bureau of Governmental Research, an independent, non-partisan group, said Amendment 5 affects a relatively small number of people who are still working to rebuild their homes. And they say there are loopholes.

Source: WWLTV

Editorial: The Blight Plague

Aug 24, 2008

New Orleanians need only to look around to see that blight — from before and after Hurricane Katrina — remains one of the largest threats to recovery.

Source: Times-Picayune

Vacant, ruined properties put N.O. at top of heap

Aug 21, 2008

New Orleans has a far greater proportion of vacant homes than any other city in the country, due in large part to a lagging recovery in about a third of the neighborhoods that were badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, new analyses show.

Source: Times-Picayune

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