St. Bernard Parish Council Passes Resolution in Support of Funding National Park Service Repair Backlog
Statement recognizes the economic impact visitors have on the local economy
On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, the St. Bernard Parish Council passed a resolution recognizing the cultural, educational, recreational, and economic benefits America’s national parks provide to the region by asking Congress to provide dedicated funding to fix park areas like Chalmette Battlefield, part of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.
In light of a history of congressional underfunding, Congress is asked to create a reliable and predictable stream of resources to help the National Park Service (NPS) address deferred maintenance at its more than 400 sites across the country. It is estimated that the current backlog of overdue park repairs—including crumbling roads, rotting historic buildings, eroding trails, outdated public buildings, and safety hazards such as deteriorating water and electrical systems—totals $12 billion. In Louisiana, that total exceeds $15.1 million.
Fixing parks will help support an important economic engine for Louisiana, as NPS reports that during 2015, state park visitors spent an estimated $28.3 million in local gateway regions like New Orleans while visiting NPS sites. According to NPS, such spending helps to support 439 Louisiana jobs and provides the state an economic boost of $36.7 million in labor and value added income.
To read the full report on Louisiana park contributions, go to https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/vse.htm.
Click to see the resolution.
The 7th Annual Young Audiences Dancing for the Arts gala will be held at Harrah’s Casino Theatre on Saturday, November 5 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. A red carpet reception and cocktail hour precedes the main event at 6:30pm.
Inspired by ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, the gala will feature local community leaders competing on the dance floor with professional dancers and is sure to delight. Festivities include a silent auction, an open bar with a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment by New Orleans’s own Soul Heirs, and dinner presented by Harrah’s Casino. All proceeds from the gala will support Young Audiences’ afterschool and summer arts education programs.
New Orleans, LA (October 6, 2016) – Statewide small business, non-profit, education and governmental leaders are urging Congressman Steve Scalise, the Majority Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, to exercise his leadership to fast track legislation that would provide an alternative or fix to the Department of Labor’s revised overtime pay requirements, before they go into effect on December 1, 2016.
Under the current overtime rule, salaried managers and professionals who make more than $23,660 per year and perform certain primary duties can be exempted from overtime requirements. The Administration’s new rule raises the minimum threshold to $47,476, an increase of more than 100 percent. Furthermore, the rule would be indexed for automatic increases every three years.
The Greater New Orleans Collaborative of Charter Schools (GNOCCS) announced its 2017 Executive Officers: