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New Websites Deliver City Budget to the People



The city budget is one of the most hotly debated and least understood aspects of governance. However, a new project is harnessing the wonders of modern technology and the interwebs to make the hundreds of millions of dollars and cents a bit easier to understand. The Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO) is launching two sites to make the numbers easier to understand, visualize, and even interact with.


Bel Edwards Era Begins

"There is seriously a lot of work ahead of us!"



Bobby Jindal is no longer the governor of Louisiana. On Monday (1.11), John Bel Edwards was sworn in by Chief Justice Bernette Johnson as the Pelican’s State’s latest governor in a ceremony on the steps of the state Capitol. An uplifiting speech calling for unity and change then followed.


Give & Take

Mayor Mitch Rolls Out 2016 Budget



On Thursday (10.14), Mayor Mitch visited the Council Chambers to unveil his budget for the 2016 fiscal year. The 593 million dollar proposal marked a 10.4 percent increase from 2015’s proposal. Common sources of civic grousing such as crime, infrastructure, and the Mayor’s feuds with Sheriff Gusman and the firefighters topped the highlight reel.


Green Wave Grapples With Possible Pink Slips


Tuition for the current fiscal year at Tulane is 44,425 dollars excluding room and board or books. However, that figure is not enough to prevent a reported 15 to 20 million dollar budget deficit at the Uptown university. Today, Tulane Prez Michael Fitts sent an email to staff announce cost cutting measures including staff buyouts.


LSU Says No Exigency Yet


News that Louisiana State University (LSU) would file for financial exigency has caused a stir with many residents. It also caused a stir with LSU who says that the reports are not accurate. A pair of statements from the school this morning (4.24) clarifies that LSU has not begun the “process of filing for financial exigency,” but is continuing to “explore a wide range of contingency plans.”


Vitter Fights Change


David Vitter does not like change. Louisiana’s Senator loves his fiat money the way it is. And, he is worried that a change to dollar bills could lead to more change, loose change that is. American money could wind up like European money—which he does not like. To that end, he introduced an amendment to fight change last week.


Born To Run: Jindal Courts Conservative PACs Amidst Budget Crisis


Bobby Jindal is often criticized for spending nearly as much time out of Louisiana as he does in state. But, Bobby J is not a man to be burdened with critics. On the eve of a budget crisis, the Governor has lined up a series of speaking engagements at heavyweight conservative gatherings. Louisiana Democrats are not impressed.


Slash & Burn

Legislature OK's Another $36.4 Mil in Cuts



The old saying goes, “The first cut is the deepest.” Yet, in the case of Louisiana’s budget, it seems that the cuts just keep coming. On Friday (2.20), the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee approved their $36.4 million portion of the $60.7 million budget cut proposed by Bobby Jindal’s office.


Now You CV, Now, You Don't

UNO Committee Releases Recommends on Cuts & Restructuring



The University of New Orleans (UNO) released recommendations for restructuring academics to fight the school’s budget crunch on Tuesday (11.11) morning. The report included a proposal to cut three programs: B.S. Early Childhood Education, B.S. Elementary Education & Mild Mod Disabilities, and Ph.D. Political Science. Additionally, the document called for enhancement and restructuring of several other fields.


Mayor Mitch Readies Budget Brigade for Public Meetings


Mayor Mitch is once again taking his entire City Hall team out into the community before they open up the books to do next year's budget. Landrieu and other City officials will be onhand at a series of public meetings in the coming weeks that allow residents to weigh in on City government and services. Full schedule:


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