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NOPD faces ‘structural deficit’ from pay raises, overtime: Cantrell

Jun 15, 2018

In 2015, the Bureau of Governmental Research called for the city’s tax dedications to be revisited. While not taking a stance on any particular dedication, the watchdog group’s report noted “problems that can occur when tax dedications can proliferate in an ad hoc manner and are not periodically reassessed in the context of other needs.”

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Covington police chief honored

May 17, 2018

Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz has been selected to receive the Bureau of Governmental Research’s Excellence in Government 2018 Innovation Award for his work in initiating and implementing the Operation Angel Program, which allows complying drug addicts to seek rehabilitation rather than be incarcerated.

Source: The Advocate

Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz gets BGR award for opioid program

May 11, 2018

Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz has received the Excellence in Government 2018 Innovation Award from the Bureau of Governmental Research for his leadership in establishing the Operation Angel Program to combat drug addiction in St. Tammany Parish.

Source: | The Times-Picayune

St. Tammany business groups endorse sales tax renewals for jail and courthouse

Mar 13, 2018

BGR recommended voting for the jail tax but against the courthouse tax, the chamber noted, and the membership survey results were “inconclusive, with opinion being very close on support/nonsupport.”

Source: The Advocate

St. Tammany West Chamber backs taxes for jail, courthouse

Mar 12, 2018

It said the chamber board considered a number of points, including information provided by Parish President Pat Brister and Sheriff Randy Smith, results of a membership survey and the findings of the Bureau of Governmental Research, which supports the jail tax but not the courthouse tax.

Source: | The Times-Picayune

St. Tammany making third try on sales tax renewals for jail, courthouse

Mar 6, 2018

BGR agreed that the parish needs a dedicated funding source for the courthouse but said it hasn’t clearly shown how much is needed for future operating and capital needs. It also pointed to a large fund balance.

Source: The Advocate

Government watchdog group endorses Tammany jail tax, but not courthouse tax

Mar 2, 2018

The Bureau of Governmental Research is backing a St. Tammany Parish sales tax renewal for the operation and maintenance of the parish jail but is against a similar tax renewal for the parish courthouse.

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Government watchdog group endorses St. Tammany sales tax for jail but not for courthouse

Mar 2, 2018

The Bureau of Governmental Research has come out against a one-fifth cent sales tax for the St. Tammany Justice Center but is supporting another fifth of a penny sales tax for the parish jail, both of which will go before voters March 24.

Source: The Advocate

VERIFY: How much does New Orleans really earn from traffic cameras? Loading

Oct 12, 2017

According to the Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR), the city’s projected amount for 2017 is $24 million. The estimate increased this year because the number of fixed and mobile cameras nearly doubled.

Source: WWL-TV

Clancy: Voters need to keep a clear head as candidates get nasty

Oct 10, 2017

Here’s the good news: If you want objective information, you can get it. Check out the League of Women Voters website at, or the Bureau of Governmental Research website at

Source: WWL-TV

New Orleans mayoral candidates tout plans for Sewerage & Water Board, NOPD at forum

Sep 21, 2017

Candidates universally panned the idea of stormwater fees for improved drainage operations, which the Landrieu administration is considering asking the City Council to approve and which the nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research endorsed in February. S&WB has said it will need $55 million to shore up the system.

Source: The Advocate

If the candidates aren’t inspiring voters, maybe voters should inspire the candidates

Sep 17, 2017

Voters should also check out BGR’s “Questions For A New Mayor” report at The report is a compilation of candidates’ responses to 18 questions developed by BGR. The topics covered include ways to address police manpower; retooling city employee pensions; fixing and maintaining street and drainage infrastructure, and more.

Source: Gambit

BGR’s New Orleans mayoral candidate survey covers hot topics

Sep 14, 2017

Everybody is looking for answers from the crowded field of candidates for the New Orleans mayoral race. The nonprofit watchdog Bureau for Governmental Research took its crack at it, calling on each of the 18 candidates to answer questions based on a series of detailed public policy reports its researchers published in recent years.

Source: | The Times-Picayune

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