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Convention Center Bill Highlights Need to Rethink Local Taxation

May 11, 2016

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In Convention Center Bill Highlights Need to Rethink Local Taxation, BGR addresses a bill that would grant taxing authority to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s economic development district. The release calls for a comprehensive re-evaluation of Orleans Parish taxes, with an eye toward aligning tax revenues with the city’s most pressing needs.

BGR to Legislature: Protect Coastal Funding

Apr 14, 2016

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In Safeguard Coastal Funds, Safeguard Louisiana’s Future, BGR comments on bills filed in the 2016 legislative session that could reduce or loosen constitutional protections on coastal restoration funding.

Fixing Louisiana’s Costly and Unusual Nonprofit Exemptions

Mar 2, 2016

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In It’s Time for Common Sense on Nonprofit Exemptions, BGR calls on the Louisiana Legislature to address overly broad language in the state constitution that is costly to both local governments and taxpayers.

School Board Improving Financial Stewardship

Nov 18, 2015

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In School Board Takes a Key Step Toward Better Stewardship, BGR commends the Orleans Parish School Board for taking steps to preserve the bulk of its $45 million operating reserve for the benefit of the system as a whole. It also calls on the School Board to take additional steps to improve its financial stewardship over New Orleans’ unique public education system.

Right-Sizing the Courts: A Defeat for Transparency

Mar 26, 2015

This release discusses the Louisiana Supreme Court’s refusal to hear BGR’s lawsuit seeking public access to the records and meetings of a committee charged with re-assessing the number of judges needed at each of the state’s courts.

Fourth Time’s the Charm?

Aug 26, 2014

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Following the city’s announcement that it will begin a fourth Request for Proposals process to redevelop the former World Trade Center building, BGR calls for a new approach: selling the building to the highest bidder.

Special Counsel Bill Threatens Levee Boards’ Independence

May 15, 2014

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In this release, BGR addresses a bill that would require the regional flood protection authorities to get the governor’s approval before hiring special counsel. The change would expose the flood protection authorities to political pressure and intervention from the governor.

Amended SB 79 Still Threatens Levee Boards’ Independence

Apr 22, 2014

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In this release, BGR addresses a bill that would allow the governor to unilaterally remove members of regional flood protection authorities for vague reasons. The change would expose the flood protection authorities to political pressure and intervention from the governor.

Bill Would Open Floodgates to Gubernatorial Interference

Apr 15, 2014

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In this release, BGR addresses a bill that would move the regional flood protection authorities into the executive branch. The change would expose the flood protection authorities to political pressure and intervention from the governor.

Re-Engineered Appointment Process Would Weaken Levee Board Reforms

Apr 1, 2014

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In this release, BGR raises concerns about a bill pending in the state Senate that would weaken the critical reforms of local levee boards put in place in response to the 2005 levee failures.

The S&WB: Looking for a Few Good Members

Jan 2, 2014

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In this release, BGR encourages qualified citizens to volunteer to serve on the newly constituted Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.

Open, Fact-Based Process Needed to Address Judgeships

Dec 5, 2013

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In this release, BGR calls on the Supreme Court committee that is reviewing court efficiency to conduct its work in an open and transparent manner. It also urges the committee to act in a timely fashion.

The Hotel Assessment: A Question of Priorities, a Question of Propriety

May 14, 2013

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In this release, BGR examines a proposal to impose what amounts to a new hotel tax.

S&WB Governance Reform: The Next Steps Forward

May 7, 2013

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In this release, BGR discusses possible amendments to the evolving Sewerage & Water Board Reform legislation and recommends improvements.

S&WB Reforms: Creating a Strong Nomination Process

Apr 26, 2013

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In this release, BGR discusses possible amendments to pending Sewerage & Water Board Reform legislation, and makes recommendations to protect the nominating process.

Parish Contracting Reform Ordinance Misses the Mark

Feb 26, 2013

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In this release, BGR looks at a proposed ordinance to reform one area of service contracting in Jefferson Parish

S&WB Rate Increases and Reform, Hand in Hand

Oct 16, 2012

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In this release, BGR calls on the S&WB to limit rate increases temporarily to those that are necessary to meet its obligations under the federal consent decree that governs the sewer system. It states that additional increases should be contingent on, and adopted after, the implementation of meaningful governance reforms.

On Vouchers: BESE Should Adopt Stronger Accountability Standards

Jul 24, 2012

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In this edition of Now, BGR calls on the Louisiana Board of Elementary & Secondary Education to tighten up the proposed criteria and accountability system for school participation in the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program.

A Step in the Wrong Direction

May 8, 2012

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This edition of Now looks at the recent move to defund the state Office of Inspector General.

Your Tax Dollars at Work - and in Retirement

Mar 28, 2012

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This edition of Now looks at the issue of public pension costs.

The S&WB Infrastructure Bonanza: Is Good Governance Part of the Deal?

Feb 29, 2012

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This edition of Now addresses the proposed funding increases for the Sewerage & Water Board in the context of necessary governance reforms.

The Nonprofit Exemption: Bad News for Taxpayers

Jan 31, 2012

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This edition of Now addresses problems associated with the nonprofit exemption, and what can be done to solve them.

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