Bureau of Governmental Research
Bureau of Governmental Research is a private, non-profit, independent research organization dedicated to informed public policy making and the effective use of public resources for the improvement of government in the New Orleans metropolitan area.
Mar 31, 2017
On Thursday, March 30, Mayor Landrieu spoke at a BGR Breakfast Briefing at IBERIABANK.
Mayor Landrieu discussed the accomplishments of his administration over the past seven years, including the work on the firefighter’s pension fund. He then discussed the remaining issues he plans to address before his term ends. One item on his agenda is non-profit property tax exemptions. BGR recently released an open letter on the state’s unusual nonprofit property tax exemptions, presenting a template for a constitutional amendment to bring the state’s exemptions in line with national norms. The mayor noted at several intervals BGR’s essential contributions to significant policy reforms.
Nov 30, 2016
Today, the Bureau of Governmental Research elected seven new directors at the organization’s annual members’ meeting, held at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel.
Nov 10, 2016
Released in 2015, BGR’s report The $1 Billion Question: Do the Tax Dedications in New Orleans Make Sense? serves as a critical fact base for Lee Zurik’s Finding the Funds. The investigative series looks into Convention Center taxes. For BGR’s complete analysis, read The $1 Billion Question.
In July 2016, the national Governmental Research Association gave BGR the Most Distinguished Research award for The $1 Billion Question. The report provides a first-ever comprehensive view of where local tax revenues go.
Click to watch Part 1 of Finding the Funds now.
Nov 2, 2016
On October 27, 2016, an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge ruled in the City’s favor on how to apply the pension benefit calculation formula for City firefighters. The matter stemmed from a 2013 report in which BGR revealed that the New Orleans Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund was applying the benefits formula on more generous terms than those spelled out in state law.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Online at GiveNOLA.org
GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to ignite the giving community in Southeast Louisiana. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. We encourage all those who value BGR to give on May 2nd. You can give at any level, starting at just $10.
BGR preserves its high standards and independence by relying on the support of citizens, companies and foundations that share our belief that the best way to find solutions to public policy problems is through non-partisan, in-depth, objective analysis. Where other organizations may be beholden to the politics or specific concerns of their funders, BGR’s supporters prize our integrity and our skill in identifying the top priorities and best practice solutions for reform.
New this year, donors have the ability to schedule an online donation starting on April 25, 2017. To schedule a donation, a donor needs to create an account on GiveNOLA.org. The donor will receive a confirmation email upon submitting the form. The payment will be processed on May 2, 2017, at which time the donor will receive an email receipt.
Every dollar donated from 12:01 am-11:59 pm on Tuesday, May 2 will be increased with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by GNOF. Each hour that BGR receives a donation of $10 or more, the organization is eligible for the Rock-Around-the-Clock prize for $1,000 from that hour. Plus, during the hours of 6 am, 2 pm, and 10 pm we could win $3,000 if we have the most unique donors that hour.
Please visit, bookmark and share BGR’s GiveNOLA page. To participate on GiveNOLA Day, go through our GiveNOLA page, not the BGR store. Thank you for spreading the word about this exciting way to support BGR’s work promoting effective, accountable local government.
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Apr 3, 2017
Mar 7, 2017
In an open letter to the Louisiana Legislature, BGR reiterates the problems with the state’s unusual nonprofit property tax exemptions. The letter explains the deficiencies in the current provisions, demonstrates their unusual status in the context of other states’ requirements and presents a template for a constitutional amendment.
Feb 13, 2017
Oct 20, 2016
In Reducing the Cost of Tomorrow: A Practical Guide to Pension Reform in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes, BGR explores the changes to public pension benefits policymakers can make to reduce the costs and risks associated with the pension plans. The report is the fourth installment in a series of BGR pension reports.