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JR Ball: Stormwater-gate spells end for Mayor Broome

Sharon Weston Broome is done as mayor of Baton Rouge. This is the stark reality after the October massacre that was her double-secret, truth-avoiding, flawed-fee...
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Guest viewpoint: Baton Rouge’s IBM partnership pays off

Charles Masters of IBM writes, in a guest opinion, writes the company's partnership with Baton Rouge and Louisiana is stronger than ever.

Riegel: Making sense of the MovEBR management contracts

How, exactly, will the city-parish and its two program management teams of 16 engineering and consulting firms—that’s right, 16—efficiently and effectively oversee Mayor Sharon...

JR Ball: The real ITEP problem  

Go on, get angry at Gov. John Bel Edwards for creating the mess that’s become of the Industrial Tax Exemption Program. Stomp your feet...

‘Business Report’ Publisher: Will ‘race’ drive decisions in 2019?

Will a new year bring a modicum of harmony to the Baton Rouge political scene or will race continue to divide us? That’s the question...
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Riegel: The final chapter in landman’s environmental crusade?

Ten years ago, Baton Rouge landman Dan Collins did a risky and politically unpopular thing, when he filed an environmental whistleblower lawsuit against the...
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Riegel: Broome is making the case for St. George

When the Metro Council voted in early September not to put Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s proposed 5-mill property tax for road improvements on the...
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Riegel: Running out of places to hide from Mother Nature

As Hurricane Irma barreled toward the southeast U.S. earlier this month, we in south Louisiana breathed a collective sigh of relief. This monster, the spaghetti...
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Riegel: Local control over Louisiana’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program makes sense

Gov. John Bel Edwards set off alarm bells in June 2016, when he issued an executive order designed to rein in the state’s Industrial Tax...
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Riegel: Sidewalk spat says a lot about parochial Baton Rouge

When the board of directors of the Stanford Oaks Property Owners Association voted in June to close to the public a sidewalk through their...
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Riegel: Helping the autistic transition into adulthood

Like many parents whose children were being diagnosed in the early 2000s with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Steve and Sharon Whitlow did everything they could...
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Riegel: How long will Louisiana ignore fiscal reform?

It’s hard to decide which of the travesties of the recent Legislative session to be more upset about: The failure of the gasoline tax...
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Riegel: The start of something good

In March 2016, Dave Treppendahl made a major bet on north Baton Rouge, when he acquired the dilapidated Hawthorne Heights Apartments at 2136 N....
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Riegel: Discouraging investment in our community

Between the state’s unpredictable and ever-changing tax climate, transportation infrastructure problems, troubled schools and skilled worker shortage, it’s hard enough attracting business, industry and...
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Riegel: An arcane ruling with potentially big implications for affordable housing

A recent ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans could have negative implications for the development of quality affordable housing...
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Riegel: An opportunity for leadership

There are those who expected the sky would fall on the day the U.S. Justice Department announced its decision not to prosecute two Baton...
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Riegel: How Louisiana lost a $10 billion plant

It wasn’t easy for Tommy Kurtz to leave Louisiana. The former Louisiana Economic Development executive grew up in New Orleans—a Jesuit High School Blue...
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Riegel: EBR Council on Aging needs more oversight

Supporters of the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging will tell you their organization and its embattled executive director, Tasha Clark-Amar, have been unfairly...
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Riegel: The dirty fight over a flood recovery contract

When a contract worth somewhere between $250 million and $350 million is up for grabs, you have to know it’s not going to go...
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Riegel: Question marks during a period of transition

On March 15, more than three months after her election, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s transition team leaders were scheduled at last to release the...