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On New Orleans’ November 8 Ballot: Proposed Police Monitor Amendment

Oct 12, 2016

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: New Orleans Police Monitor Charter Amendment, November 8, 2016, BGR analyzes a proposition that would allow for the permanent separation of the Independent Police Monitor from the Office of Inspector General.

Two-Authorizer Structure Critical to Charter Schools’ Success

Apr 27, 2016

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In One Plus One: The Dual Authorizer Structure and the Future of New Orleans Schools, BGR seeks to inform lawmakers and the public about the charter authorizing structure in Orleans Parish and the potential risks that accompany a diminished role for the state in charter management. (The report is the second in a series on school governance; the first, The Accidental Steward: The Orleans Parish School Board as a Resource Manager in the Reform Era, is also available on this website.)

BGR Reviews St. Tammany Term Limits Proposition

Feb 18, 2016

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: St. Tammany Parish, March 5, 2016, BGR explains and analyzes a proposition to impose term limits on the Parish Council.

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.

On the Ballot: West Bank Flood Protection, St. Tammany Charter Changes

Nov 3, 2015

On the Ballot: November 4, 2014

In On the Ballot: Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes, November 21, 2015, BGR explains, analyzes and takes positions on two tax propositions meant to sustain west bank flood protection systems and three proposed St. Tammany charter amendments.

BGR Reviews Proposed Orleans Schools Tax, Jefferson Charter Changes

Nov 6, 2014

On the Ballot: November 4, 2014

In On the Ballot: December 6, 2014, BGR explains, analyzes and takes positions on a proposed tax for the upkeep of public schools in New Orleans and 11 propositions to amend the Jefferson Parish charter.

SB 469 – Does It Eliminate the Public’s Rights?

May 28, 2014

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In this open letter to the Louisiana State Legislature, BGR expresses concern that SB 469 might permanently deprive the residents of coastal Louisiana of significant claims against the oil and gas industry and others. It provides a list of questions in need of answers before the House of Representatives votes on the bill.

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.

BGR Letter Addresses S&WB Reform Effort

May 31, 2013

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In an open letter to the Louisiana Legislature, BGR sets forth its positions on evolving legislation to reform the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.

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.

Report Looks at School Board’s Performance as Financial Steward

Apr 25, 2013

School Governance

In The Accidental Steward: The Orleans Parish School Board as a Resource Manager in the Reform Era, BGR examines the School Board’s performance as the financial steward for all public schools in Orleans.

On the Mayor’s Proposed S&WB Governance Reforms

Dec 6, 2012

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In this release, BGR looks at Mayor Landrieu’s proposed Sewerage & Water Board governance reforms, with specific attention to the board member nomination process.

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.

The S&WB’s Governance Problems and Options for Reform

Oct 25, 2011

The S&WB's Governance Problems and Options for Reform

In Making the Waterworks Work: Fixing the Sewerage & Water Board’s Governance Problems, BGR examines how the agency’s governance has contributed to its problems, presents options for reforms and makes recommendations for change.

Public School Governance in New Orleans

May 19, 2010

Managing Innovation

In Managing Innovation: Models for Governing the System of Public Schools in New Orleans (May 2010), BGR and Tulane University’s Cowen Institute present five potential models for governing public schools in New Orleans and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Questions for a New Mayor

Jan 19, 2010

Mayoral Questions

With the primary on the way, BGR submitted questions to all mayoral candidates on topics in four areas: the city’s budget, city services, infrastructure and blight. Four candidates – Rob Couhig, John Georges, Mitch Landrieu and James Perry – responded. BGR is presenting the Q&A to the public in a web-only, four-part series, Questions for a New Mayor.

Press Release: BGR Begins Four-Part Q&A Series with 2010 Mayoral Candidates

Building a Model Assessment System in New Orleans

Dec 14, 2009

In All Fairness

As the campaign for the city’s soon-to-be consolidated assessor’s office begins, BGR releases In All Fairness: Building a Model Assessment System in New Orleans. The report explains what the new citywide assessor must do to create a fair, efficient and transparent assessment system in Orleans Parish.

The St. Tammany Parish Home Rule Charter

May 6, 2002

BGR presents its report assessing the St. Tammany Parish Home Rule Charter. BGR found a general consensus that the charter is working well and represents an improvement over the police jury system that it replaced. However, some fine-tuning is in order.

Third Term Charter Amendment

Sep 17, 2001

With this report BGR provides an analysis of the arguments for and against the proposed charter amendment allowing a third consecutive term and provides BGR’s position.

BGR Outlook on Jefferson: The Parish Council

Apr 14, 1997

First in a new series of reports highlighting the finances of Jefferson Parish government. Overview of parish general-purpose government revenues and expenditures over the past ten years and comparison of current-year operating budget.

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