Are bridge tolls doomed for good? TV report implicates Nagin in tax deal

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Our sources say that Nagin agreed to push another tax benefit for the Plaza, a Tax Increment Financing District to dedicate a portion of state and city sales taxes from that area to building a new shopping center on the Plaza property. In exchange, Nagin wanted [his confidant Cesar] Burgos to get a piece of the deal.”

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to lift its November suspension of oil company BP’s ability to secure new federal contracts, including oil leases in the Gulf. Landrieu, D-La., said the EPA doesn’t have the authority to regulate the oil and gas industry and that what she considers arbitrary action against BP could “have a chilling effect” on other companies’ desire to drill in the Gulf.  … But Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser… said he is outraged by Landrieu’s position. “I guess that shows what lobbying money can do,” Nungesser said.

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