Voters demand flexibility and quick responses, but representatives are hamstrung in their ability to divert dedicated funds.
That appeal to basic American principles is an about-face of the economic pragmatism used to justify consolidation in the first place. First they wanted to save money. Now they want to save democracy.
Louisiana has some safe races by contrast with the rest of the nation’s midterm upheaval. Early election numbers are encouraging, but statewide and local turnout could yet be low.
Dark money is poised to have considerable influence at the state and especially local levels.
Despite the negative consequences to incivility in government, there are surprising and often ignored potential fringe benefits.
Seventy percent of Americans continue to trust their local government, a level that has held relatively steady for over four decades and across party lines.
How does Lafayette’s experiment with consolidation stack up with the successes and failures of other consolidated governments across the country?
In local voting, timing is everything For tax measures in Lafayette to ever have a shot, election scheduling has got to change.
If holding off-cycle elections is the parish government’s strategy to raise taxes, it’s a poor one. Research shows that low turnout favors those who oppose taxes.