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Stephanie Grace: Why you should look at Saturday’s Orleans Parish election results and feel cheerful

May 5, 2015

This time, proponents included BGR, which wrote that it supported the tax “only because it is clear that the public will have to directly or indirectly provide additional revenue to implement the costly court-ordered reforms at the parish prison.”

Source: The Advocate

Change to allow Orleans sheriff more flexibility with millage wins narrow victory

May 3, 2015

Under the tax, homeowners with a homestead exempt property worth $300,000 still will pay $63 a year, according to the Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonpartisan research organization that backed the measure.

Source: The Advocate

Our Views: Today’s voting roundup for New Orleans

May 2, 2015

This proposal also earned the support of the Bureau of Governmental Research, which noted, “The money is going to have to come from somewhere.”

Source: The Advocate

New Orleans voters approve Orleans Parish Prison tax

May 2, 2015

BGR is extremely concerned about the governance of the Law Enforcement District and the sheriff’s contracting practices and believes that major reform is needed,” the nonprofit said in a recent report. “BGR is supporting the tax proposition only because it is clear that the public will have to directly or indirectly provide additional revenue to implement the costly court-ordered reforms at the parish prison.”

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Mitch Landrieu says New Orleans will face ‘damaging budget cuts’ if voters don’t approve jail tax

Apr 29, 2015

The proposition even has won the endorsement of the Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonpartisan research organization that has expressed repeated concern about the Orleans Parish Law Enforcement District, a taxing entity controlled entirely by Gusman.

Source: The Advocate

Voters consider Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s tax plan May 2

Apr 17, 2015

Voters rejected a nearly identical tax proposal last fall, despite support from Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office and the nonprofit government watchdog Bureau of Government Research. Both have reaffirmed that support for the current tax proposal, though BGR’s came with concerns over Gusman’s oversight and contracting practices.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Our Views: Facing more Orleans Parish jail costs

Apr 16, 2015

As the Bureau of Governmental Research put it, “the money is going to have to come from somewhere.” BGR supports the tax even as it notes the problems it has with administration of the Law Enforcement District and the jail.

Source: The Advocate

New prison to open in June

Apr 10, 2015

The independent budget watchdog, Bureau of Governmental Research supports the tax, despite some concerns about the law enforcement district’s oversight and contracting practices.

Source: WWL-TV

Sheriff Marlin Gusman shows off new jail as he asks voters to support taxes to run it

Apr 9, 2015

The BGR, while backing Gusman’s bid as the “least painful” way to find funding for improvements, has expressed concern over a lack of transparency in how Gusman has awarded some contracts.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Marlin Gusman’s tax plan draws tepid support from Bureau of Governmental Research

Apr 8, 2015

BGR is extremely concerned about the governance of the Law Enforcement District and the sheriff’s contracting practices and believes that major reform is needed,” the report states. “BGR is supporting the tax proposition only because it is clear that the public will have to directly or indirectly provide additional revenue to implement the costly court-ordered reforms at the parish prison.”

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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

Gusman to ask voters to reconsider property tax proposition

Dec 16, 2014

The property tax proposition also had the backing of the Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonpartisan research organization, which said before the November election that U.S. District Judge Lance Africk’s role in overseeing the consent decree “provides greater confidence that the sheriff (would) spend the funds appropriately.”

Source: The Advocate

Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman to ask voters again for tax to fund jail operations

Dec 15, 2014

The nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research also supported the November failed initiative. BGR President Janet Howard said in October that the extra revenue would help the city provide a constitutional jail without cutting services, making it “one of the least painful options out there.”

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Our Views: Jail tax turned back

Nov 6, 2014

The ballot measure had even been endorsed by the Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonpartisan research organization that otherwise has been skeptical of the Law Enforcement District, a taxing entity controlled wholly by the sheriff.

Source: The Advocate

Orleans voters say ‘No’ to sheriff’s property tax proposition

Nov 5, 2014

The ballot measure had even been endorsed by the Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonpartisan research organization that otherwise has been skeptical of the Law Enforcement District, a taxing entity controlled wholly by the sheriff.

Source: The Advocate

Voters reject tax renewal for OPP reforms

Nov 5, 2014

(Sheriff Marlin) Gusman issued the following statement: “We were pleased to have the support of the Bureau of Governmental Research, as well as area newspapers and online publications for this measure. A victory would have allowed us to redirect funds no longer needed for debt service to operations, deputies and inmates.”

Source: WWL-TV

New Orleans voters reject Law Enforcement District tax

Nov 4, 2014

The nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research put the potential revenues closer to $5 million.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Law Enforcement District millage is vital for New Orleans: Mayor Landrieu and Sheriff Gusman

Oct 27, 2014

We are voting YES on the Law Enforcement District proposition. We are pleased to have the support of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, the Bureau of Governmental Research and the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Sheriff, mayor forge rare alliance on property tax proposal

Oct 26, 2014

BGR, a nonpartisan research organization, said it continues to be concerned about the governance of the district. … “But it is clear,” the group said in a recent report, “that additional revenue is needed to implement court-ordered reforms at the Parish Prison, and the court’s oversight provides greater confidence that the sheriff will spend the funds appropriately.”

Source: The Advocate

‘Yes’ to Orleans Parish jail tax and charter amendments: Editorial

Oct 24, 2014

BGR, which supports the tax proposal, noted that the federal court’s oversight should help ensure the money is spent where needed.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans tax proposal to fund jail backed by Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Oct 8, 2014

BGR President Janet Howard said her group supports the ballot measure because it avoids raising taxes or cutting deeper into the city’s budget. “It’s one of the least painful options out there,” she said.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

N.O. sheriff, mayor both support plan to shift money for courtroom fix

Oct 6, 2014

The tax would generate about $5 million in its first year, according to a recent report by the Bureau of Governmental Research, which supports the measure.

Source: The Advocate

How could city of New Orleans raise money to pay for police, jail consent decrees?

Aug 22, 2013

The assessed value of land owned by nonprofits in New Orleans was $384 million in 2011 — nearly 10 percent of all real estate in the city that year, according to a 2011 Bureau of Governmental Research report, “The Nonprofit Exemption: Bad News for Taxpayers.” All that land is exempt from property taxes.

Source: The Lens

BGR notes lean details in WTC site proposals

Jul 1, 2013

The committee of city officials that will review three proposals Tuesday to redevelop the former World Trade Center will not have at its disposal a current, city-commissioned appraisal of the 33-story tower, according to a report the Bureau of Government Research released this afternoon.

Source: CityBusiness

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

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