BGR in the News

Newell: Is New Orleans better off with one property tax assessor instead of seven?

By Newell Normand

Source: WWL Radio

November 25, 2019

Newell talks to BGR Vice President and Research Director Stephen Stuart and research analyst Jamie Parker about what’s changed...

Nell Nolan: Moonlight & Miracles, Victory Ball – WWII, BGR Luncheon

By Nell Nolan

Source: The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

November 24, 2019

The Bureau Brigade Count ‘em! Supporters of the Bureau of Governmental Research, about 800 of them, convened at the...

(Opinion) A Cautionary Tale: The New Orleans Office of Inspector General. Part 2: Facing Challenges

By Ed Quatrevaux

Source: The Lens

November 22, 2019

Read Part 1: Fulfilling the mission. The OIG faced a series of challenges beginning in 2015. While the Office...

Convention Center approves 2020 spending plan, defers vote on major architectural contract

By Michael Isaac Stein

Source: The Lens

November 21, 2019

The governing body of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center set its 2020 budget at its Wednesday...

Orleans Parish assessor’s budget, methods questioned by nonpartisan research group

By Jessica Williams

Source: The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

November 20, 2019

Property tax assessments in Orleans Parish have come a long way from the days when seven assessors with a...

(Opinion) Newell: Compromise, co-operation can’t be dirty words as Mayor, Council grapple with tax relief measure

By Newell Normand

Source: WWL Radio

November 20, 2019

The City Council has made a request to cut tax rates for property owners, and an agreement is under...

(Editorial) Our Views: At annual BGR luncheon, a reminder of what matters

By Staff Editorial

Source: The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

November 17, 2019

The Bureau of Governmental Research, New Orleans’ venerable policy watchdog, seeks to celebrate distinguished service in the public sector...

Ahead of major tourism industry merger, council members worry about accountability and public input in the city’s tourism future

By Michael Isaac Stein

Source: The Lens

November 15, 2019

On Friday, The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, a public municipal entity, provided some of the first details into...

Infrastructure funding on the line in three New Orleans ballot measures

By Jessica Williams

Source: The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

November 14, 2019

Since taking office in May 2018, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has searched far and wide for more money...

(Opinion) The 8% Gorilla That Nobody Is Talking About

By Danil Faust

Source: Big Easy Magazine

November 12, 2019

The topic of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans is a contentious one. In the past two...