Public Safety

BGR Raises Policy Concerns About Excluding Hotel Rooms from New French Quarter Sales Tax

September 14, 2021

In August, the New Orleans City Council excluded hotel room rentals from a new sales tax for enhanced public...

City Council members maintain legally dubious hotel exemption while reinstating French Quarter sales tax

By Michael Isaac Stein

Source: The Lens

August 19, 2021

A special sales tax to fund supplemental police patrols in the French Quarter will be reinstated starting in October...

Quarter-cent sales tax for French Quarter on ballot again Saturday

By Kaitlin Rust

Source: FOX 8

April 22, 2021

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – In order to fund the “Blue Light Patrols” in the Quarter, the reinstatement of the...

BGR Opposes French Quarter Sales Tax Proposition on April 24 Ballot

By Biz New Orleans Staff

Source: Biz New Orleans

April 22, 2021

NEW ORLEANS – The Bureau of Governmental Research is weighing in against a proposition for a 0.245% sales tax...

Against the French Quarter Sales Tax: Why the Bureau of Governmental Research is advising voters to vote ‘no.’

By Peyton LoCicero

Source: WGNO

April 22, 2021

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)– For our viewers heading to the polls this weekend, there’s a new report out that you should know...

BGR Issues Report on April 24 French Quarter Sales Tax Vote

April 21, 2021

Today the Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) releases On the Ballot: French Quarter Sales Tax, April 24, 2021. The report...

Opinion: Newell: Cantrell admin hits French Quarter group with ridiculous attack

By Newell Normand

Source: WWL Radio

February 25, 2021

Earlier this week, Mayor Cantrell’s Director of Strategic Initiatives Joshua Cox had a press conference wherein he accused the...

Fact Check: Cantrell Admin Spreads Inaccuracies about FQMD Statements Regarding Task Force Patrols

By Jenn Bentley

Source: Big Easy Magazine

February 22, 2021

The battle over security patrols in the French Quarter continues, with Mayor Cantrell’s administration remaining at odds with the...

Voters shoot down all three Cantrell-backed tax proposals

By Michael Isaac Stein

Source: The Lens

December 5, 2020

New Orleans voters on Saturday rejected a package of ballot propositions put forward by Mayor LaToya Cantrell that would...

French Quarter Sales Tax gets Sidney Torres endorsement

By Paul Murphy

Source: WWL-TV

December 3, 2020

NEW ORLEANS — Saturday’s tax proposition in the French Quarter just picked up a heavyweight endorsement from one of...