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PB NOLA featured as guest blogger on Sunlight Foundation website

PB NOLA was featured as a guest blog on the Sunlight Foundation Website! The Sunlight Foundation has funded an interactive website, created by PB NOLA, showing the ins and outs of the New Orleans City Budget. Ever wondered how your tax dollars are spent each year? Who controls them? Soon, you’ll be able to click through a website laying everything out in an easy to use graph! Thanks for giving us a chance to share our excitement Sunlight! 

The site will be based on an existing site based in Cook County Illinois. To see how it’ll work, check out their site: 


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Landrieu hopes new taxes can cover costs of consent decrees, pension fund

The City of New Orleans is facing a major problem– how to pay for two consent decrees and shore up the millions due to the firefighter’s pension fund while keeping the books balanced. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is hoping to create new revenues by passing three pieces of legislation through Baton Rouge this session to solve the problem. By raising taxes on cigarettes, hotels and property, the Mayor hopes to make up the $34 to $49 million needed to pay for improvements to the Orleans Parish Prison, the New Orleans Police Department and satisfy the debts owed to the firefighter’s pension fund.

You can read more in this report from The Lens.

How do you think the City should pay for the consent decrees? Are you willing to pay more taxes? In many cities, new taxes help fund Participatory Budgeting programs to give residents a sense of ownership over the tax dollars they pay. Would you be more supportive of the Mayor’s plan if you could control some of the new revenues?