Justice System

Analyzing Past New Orleans Budgets to Guide Funding Priorities

Overview The report reviews the City’s General Fund budgets from 2010 to 2019, focusing on growth in revenues and changes in expenditures. As the City prepares its 2020 budget, the report helps policymakers and citizens gain a better understanding...

BGR Analyzes Jefferson Parish Property Tax Renewals

OVERVIEW Today BGR releases three reports on Jefferson Parish tax renewals for drainage works, juvenile services, and animal shelter and health services that voters will consider on November 6, 2018. If approved, each tax would be renewed for 10...

On the Ballot: St. Tammany Parish Tax Renewals

OVERVIEW BGR examines the March 24, 2018 propositions asking St. Tammany voters to decide whether to renew two separate parishwide sales taxes for the parish courthouse and the parish jail.

2017 Candidate Q&A Election Series: New Orleans

Overview For the October 14, 2017 primary elections in New Orleans, BGR provided voters with its 2017 Candidate Q&A Election Series. BGR submitted questions to all mayoral and City Council candidates on public safety, infrastructure and other important public policy...

BGR Reviews Tax Propositions in Orleans, St. Bernard

Overview BGR analyzes proposed taxes for the Orleans Parish Law Enforcement District, the New Orleans Public Library system and the Lake Borgne Basin Levee District in St. Bernard Parish. Voters in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes will decide the...

Right-Sizing the Courts: A Defeat for Transparency

Overview 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.

Contracting Reform, Sheriff’s Tax, Other Propositions

Overview BGR examines two proposed amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the City of New Orleans, one Orleans Parish tax proposition and two constitutional amendments on the ballot for November 4, 2014. One City charter amendment would incorporate...

Court Committee Lining Up to Punt Away Public Dollars

Overview In this release, BGR points out that the Supreme Court committee charged with re-assessing the number of judgeships at each of the state’s courts appears to be positioning itself to punt on the matter – at the public’s...

Open, Fact-Based Process Needed to Address Judgeships

Overview 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.

Are Public Dollars Being Wasted on Excess Judgeships?

Overview BGR presents data on the estimated need for judgeships in Orleans Parish and recommends steps for right-sizing the courts in Benchmarking the Bench: Are Public Dollars Being Wasted on Excess Judgeships in Orleans Parish?