Government & Politics

Live chat: Stacy Head, Charles Maldonado take questions about 2014 city budget

The Lens’ Charles Maldonado has covered each of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s public meetings on the 2014 city budget, where residents have voiced concerns about city services and how much they pay for them.

Landrieu has used the forums to explain the challenges facing the city and how he’s meeting them.

Stacy Head

Stacy Head

Now it’s your turn. Friday at 12:30 p.m., City Council Vice President Stacy Head will discuss her concerns, answer your questions and listen to your suggestions about the budget. Maldonado will weigh in with his observations from Landrieu’s five public meetings around the city.

Landrieu typically releases his proposed executive budget in October. The City Council holds budget hearings in early November. It must pass a final budget by Dec. 1. In recent years, the budget has approached $900 million, including nearly $500 million in the general fund, the locally financed portion over which the city has direct control.

How to participate

Come back here any time after 12:15 p.m. Friday and type your question in the comment box below. We’ll select questions and pose them to Head and Maldonado.

If you want a reminder, enter your email address below and you’ll get a message once the event is live. The chat will be archived here later in case you miss it.

Live chat, 12:30 p.m. Friday

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  • Todd Price

    Well done. Thanks for putting this together.

    The City of New Orleans, the Inspector General, the ATF, the Louisiana IG, and The Lens should investigate under-reporting of alcohol sales.

    Here’s why.

    The Beer Report, using reported alcohol sales put Louisiana at around #11 in alcohol consumption per capita. Yet, two (2) other reports with New Orleans at #1 in bars and Louisiana at #1 in highest car insurance via DWI don’t match with a #11 rank.

    Fox News: Which states drink the most (and least) beer? – Lousiana at #11?

    THE BEER REPORT – Louisiana at #11 per capita?

    Louisiana has nation’s highest auto insurance rates – again

    Q: What City Has the Most Bars Per Capita?
    A: New Orleans

    Also the politicians offspring are also messed up
    Sen. Landrieu’s son arrested for hitting pedestrian while driving drunk – 2013

    Mayor’ Landrieu’s son arrested on suspicion of DWI – 2012

    The NOPD – New Orleans Police Dept is just as bad…seems like one officer a month…is not more as they seem to be always in the news.

    Business Insider: Louisiana – #1 state people think are drunk.

    Louisiana and New Orleans is notorious for under reporting crime stats, confusing or overstating tourism numbers. (Does anyone know if Louisiana lawyers edit these reports?)

    So don’t be surprised that ALCOHOL sales are under reported to avoid TAXES…..many are CASH transactions

    And lastly, don’t be surprised it’s with big name or local distributors in cahoots with so called inspectors and those who are supposed to keep watch on true alcohol sales.