Infrastructure and blight top the City of New Orleans’ legislative priorities. City officials announced priorities for the current Louisiana State Legislative session earlier this week (April 17).
“The City’s 2023 legislative agenda is another demonstration of my administration’s priorities and commitment to addressing public safety as a matter of public health and quality of life in our city,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “This legislation will continue our focus on public safety recruitment and retention, enhance our $10 million investment in Code Enforcement operations and strengthen the penalties to more effectively hold irresponsible property owners accountable. We must further incentivize our first responders to live and work in our city by providing them with much-needed property tax relief. We remain steadfast in our efforts to improve the quality of life of our residents, and I want to thank the members of the Orleans Delegation for working so closely with my administration to move this agenda forward.”
The City and members of the New Orleans legislative delegation will also be advocating for state capital outlay funds, prioritizing the Sewerage and Water Board Power Plant to ensure that the project can continue to move towards completion. This project will ensure that the residents and businesses of New Orleans have reliable storm drainage, water distribution and sewer systems by transitioning to Entergy-generated electricity directly from the grid and will ultimately result in fewer boil-water advisories and an overall greater degree of reliability.
Other proposed projects for state capital outlay funds include the redevelopment of Lincoln Beach, renovation of the former VA Hospital and improvements to several recreational facilities and playgrounds across the city.