It has been six years since the city last administered the test, which establishes the list of rank-and-file police officers in line for promotion to sergeant. Without regular chances to take that exam and similar tests for higher grades, officers can find themselves stuck in the same rank year after year, with little hope for promotion and higher pay. Indeed, the consent decree governing reforms in the NOPD requires that the city provide regular promotional opportunities in the department.

The smaller [Senate] chamber did add what one House member referred to as “candy,” including a decrease in the waiting list for home-based services for disabled children and $50 million in bonuses for public school workers. State Rep. Katrina Jackson, leader of the Legislative Black Caucus, said the bonus payment was created to pressure House members into voting in favor of the budget. She said the Jindal administration would have input into who gets the bonuses, creating the possibility that they wouldn’t be across the board. 

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...