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Here’s how Convention Center can help fund New Orleans public safety plan

Feb 11, 2017

But that raises questions about whether the city should be able to determine its own priorities, or whether it should rely on the largess of another entity. “It does strike one as an unusual power dynamic that speaks to the need to revisit that structure,” Amy Glovinsky, president and CEO of BGR, a nonpartisan research group, said last week.

Source: The Advocate

Major expansion of surveillance cameras in French Quarter, 20 hot spots

Jan 23, 2017

The city will be picking up about $16 million of the cost of the plan, with the rest being born by the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The convention center is a state entity with its own taxing power that has come under criticism from the non-partisan Bureau of Governmental Research for maintaining a $200 million reserve, which the group has argued could go toward other more urgent needs in the city.

Source: The Advocate

Our Views: Vote for tax plan in Saturday’s city election

Apr 9, 2016

We share some of the reservations of the Bureau of Governmental Research, www.bgr.org, about long-term bond issues for street repairs that might last, at best, for the length of the bond payments. Still, BGR is for the bond issue because of the “abysmal” condition of New Orleans streets.

Source: The Advocate

Next steps after New Orleans voters reject tax increase for police expansion, firefighters?

Apr 9, 2016

Residents throughout the city were skeptical of providing more funding to the NOPD, even as groups such as the Bureau of Governmental Research, the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region and public employee unions came out in favor of the plan.

Source: The Advocate

To Pay First Responders, New Orleans Heads To Polls

Apr 8, 2016

This Saturday New Orleanians will have a chance to vote on new taxes intended to improve public safety and settle long-standing debts to the fire department. The nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research issued a report on the vote, saying the increases are needed, lest other programs be cut.

Source: WWNO

Our Views: Vote for tax plan in Saturday’s city election

Apr 8, 2016

We share some of the reservations of the Bureau of Governmental Research, www.bgr.org, about long-term bond issues for street repairs that might last, at best, for the length of the bond payments.

Source: The Advocate

Separate questions deserve a separate vote

Apr 4, 2016

The Bureau of Governmental Research notes that putting the two taxes together “may complicate the decision-making process.”

Source: Mid-City Messenger

City seeks more taxes on April 9

Apr 4, 2016

The Bureau of Governmental Research, which had opposed the 2015 new library tax and other millage increases in recent years, endorsed the 7.5 mills for police and fire.

Source: Louisiana Weekly

Editorial: It takes a millage

Mar 28, 2016

“Approval of the tax would represent a major commitment by taxpayers to give the troubled Police Department the resources necessary to rebuild its ranks, reduce response times and provide better public safety outcomes,” the Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) wrote in its endorsement of the millage. The BGR cautioned, however, that the City Council would have to play watchdog to make sure benchmarks are met. We agree.

Source: Gambit

Tax increase could end decades of disputes over New Orleans firefighters’ pay, pensions

Mar 26, 2016

In addition to Landrieu and the firefighters, the millage increases have been endorsed by other labor unions, the nonpartisan Bureau of Governmental Research and two high-profile business groups, Greater New Orleans Inc. and the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region.

Source: The Advocate

New Orleans public employee unions back proposed tax hike for police, fire

Mar 23, 2016

The property tax increase has also received the support of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Bureau of Governmental Research, Greater New Orleans Inc. and the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region. So far, no organized opposition to the measure has emerged.

Source: The Advocate

Business groups endorse proposed tax hike for public safety in New Orleans

Mar 22, 2016

The Bureau of Governmental Research and the New Orleans chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police also have endorsed the millage hike. So far, no organized opposition to the measure has emerged.

Source: The Advocate

Our Views: We support New Orleans fire, police tax

Mar 20, 2016

But the Bureau of Governmental Research, which is backing the proposition, notes that there is little research supporting the notion that 1,600 is the ideal size.

Source: The Advocate

‘Yes’ for more money for New Orleans police, firefighters and streets: Editorial

Mar 20, 2016

According to the Bureau of Governmental Research, which is supporting the increase, the owner of a $350,000 home would pay an additional $262.50 in taxes each year. That is less than $22 per month.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Government watchdog endorses $120M bond proposal, 7.5 mill public safety tax hike

Mar 18, 2016

The Bureau of Governmental Research this week endorsed a pair of ballot initiatives that would permit the city to issue $120 million in bonds and raise property taxes dedicated to public safety by a combined 7.5 mills, generating about $26.6 million annually.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Two April 9th Tax Proposals Deserve Public Support

Mar 17, 2016

Even the generally tax-averse Bureau of Governmental Research called the streets and capital improvements proposal a “more holistic approach.”

Source: Uptown Messenger

Proposed tax hike in New Orleans for police, fire departments would be ‘major commitment’

Mar 16, 2016

“The City Council and administration must hold the NOPD accountable for achieving its goals and carefully calibrate funding to the department’s true needs,” the report says. “The goals should include increasing the number of officers assigned to calls for service.”

Source: The Advocate

BGR supports April 9 tax vote for N.O. police, fire, street repairs

Mar 16, 2016

The Bureau of Governmental Research has come out in support of two tax proposals on the April 9 ballot in New Orleans, one to increase funding for police and firefighters, the other to pay for street repairs and other improvements.

Source: WWL-TV

State Police, public safety—not NOPD—focus of French Quarter sales tax plan

Oct 8, 2015

The need for bolstering policing in the French Quarter is apparent, according to statistics compiled by the Bureau of Governmental Research. That nonpartisan watchdog group, which supports the tax plan, found that crime in the French Quarter had jumped 55 percent overall between 2010 and 2014.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

BGR Supports FQ Sales Tax Proposal

Oct 7, 2015

BGR says the French Quarter “is the heart of the city’s tourist economy” and that creating a sales tax to fund additional security would improve safety for residents and tourists alike.

Source: WRNO Radio

‘Yes’ on French Quarter sales tax to beef up security: Editorial

Oct 7, 2015

The temporary sales tax is a smart approach. “Creating a sales tax to fund additional security in the Quarter will improve safety for residents and tourists alike, while appropriately allocating the cost burden,” BGR said.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

F.Q. residents gather to learn about proposed sales tax to fund state police

Oct 6, 2015

The Bureau of Governmental Research, threw its support behind the plan, saying it’ll improve safety for residents and tourists alike.

Source: FOX 8

Packed house inside French Quarter proposed sales tax meeting

Oct 6, 2015

“We actually like the fact that there’s a five-year sunset on this tax because it gives the voters an opportunity to come back in five years and reassess: Where are we? Do we need this tax anymore? Has the NOPD built up its ranks to the point where there’s no longer a need for this?” said BGR President and CEO Celeste Coco-Ewing.

Source: WWL-TV

BGR endorses French Quarter sales tax plan for State Police

Oct 6, 2015

The nonpartisan Bureau of Governmental Research offered its support Tuesday for a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase on French Quarter businesses to pay for a detachment of State Police troopers dedicated to New Orleans’ hallmark neighborhood.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Research group backs French Quarter tax hike to increase State Police presence

Oct 6, 2015

BGR said in a report released Tuesday that the five-year dedicated sales tax boost, while a “novel approach” to funding neighborhood law enforcement, “makes sense as a stopgap measure” in a district where an estimated 9 million tourists visited last year but only about 3,800 people live.

Source: The Advocate

BGR supports French Quarter sales tax hike for state police patrols

Oct 6, 2015

“The French Quarter is the heart of the city’s tourist economy,” writes the BGR in its report, which points out the neighborhood has seen a 55 percent increase in crime over the past four years. “Creating a sales tax to fund additional security in the Quarter will improve safety for residents and tourists alike, while appropriately allocating the cost burden.”

Source: WWL-TV

Bill filed to study merging New Orleans Police Department and Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office

Apr 4, 2015

“There’s a serious misalignment between powers and responsibilities,” said Janet Howard, who as president of the Bureau of Governmental Research would have a seat on Morrell’s proposed commission. “The city is responsible for picking up the tab for inmates, and the jail is run by someone other than the city. This is clearly creating serious problems.”

Source: The Advocate

An NOPD, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office merger? Lawmakers to consider it

Apr 2, 2015

The panel would consist of state lawmakers, the sheriff, the mayor, the NOPD superintendent, the chairperson of the City Council’s criminal justice committee, the New Orleans inspector general and leaders of the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, the Public Affairs Research Council, the Bureau of Governmental Research and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Our Views: Don’t accept ‘new normal’

Jun 16, 2013

The acrimony between Landrieu and Gusman underscores the need for objective analysis, and that’s where institutions such as the Inspector General’s Office and the Bureau of Governmental Research can play important roles.

Source: The Advocate

Mayor addresses Black-on-Black violence to the BGR

Apr 8, 2013

In his legislative address before the Bureau of Governmental Research, Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for an end to young male black-on-black violence. “We need to stop the killing,” the New Orleans mayor declared. “When I give this speech, people feel helpless. We’re not.”

Source: The Louisiana Weekly

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