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Analysis of government policies, finance, management, and administration
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this release, BGR encourages qualified citizens to volunteer to serve on the newly constituted Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.
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.
In this release, BGR examines a proposal to impose what amounts to a new hotel tax.
In this release, BGR discusses possible amendments to the evolving Sewerage & Water Board Reform legislation and recommends improvements.
In this release, BGR discusses possible amendments to pending Sewerage & Water Board Reform legislation, and makes recommendations to protect the nominating process.
In this release, BGR looks at a proposed ordinance to reform one area of service contracting in Jefferson Parish
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.
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.
This edition of Now looks at the recent move to defund the state Office of Inspector General.
This edition of Now looks at the issue of public pension costs.
This edition of Now addresses the proposed funding increases for the Sewerage & Water Board in the context of necessary governance reforms.
This edition of Now addresses problems associated with the nonprofit exemption, and what can be done to solve them.