Nagin the Winna
Contrary to your political editorial ("Da Winnas & Da Loozas," June 28), Mayor Ray Nagin and the City of New Orleans had many wins during the 2005 legislative session. The mayor's proposed legislative priorities focused on economic development and jobs, as well as revenue appropriations and capital outlay. We are pleased that the majority of our bills and priority measures passed favorably, an incredible achievement during a rather challenging session.
We greatly appreciated the diligence and leadership of the Orleans delegation in working to achieve the city's legislative priorities. As a result, we will continue to grow business with the film production industry while attracting new high-end industries in the areas of digital media, bio-tech, rubber manufacturing, sound recording, music in film and Brownfield clean-ups -- all contained in Mayor Nagin's original legislative package.
The city also will be better compensated for property tax collections, motor vehicle services and hotel occupancy as proposed in the mayor's legislative package. Yet despite valiant efforts by our delegation, City Council and New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, we were very disappointed that the state failed to appropriate the full casino support monies that our city deserves.
Mayor Nagin was a leader in planning and promoting the development of a health and biosciences district in New Orleans as proposed by GNO Inc. along with Delgado, LSU, Tulane and Xavier universities. This initiative will significantly bolster bioscience research and development and attract lucrative economic development projects to the city. Most noteworthy, Mayor Nagin visited the capitol on a weekly basis to meet with our legislators and lobby for the city's agenda.
The city's appropriations and capital outlay that we earned and maintained this session will significantly impact our infrastructure, parks, youth recreation, tourism and cultural projects.
Again, we thank our Orleans legislative delegation and the city's entire team for their great work on behalf of the citizens of New Orleans.
Brenda G. Hatfield
Executive Assistant to the Mayor