Author: Christie Maloyed

Christie Maloyed is an associate professor of political science at UL Lafayette.

When consolidation creates a suburb without a city

How does Lafayette’s experiment with consolidation stack up with the successes and failures of other consolidated governments across the country?

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In local voting, timing is everything

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.

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In defense of well-funded libraries

Critics have taken aim at the library’s reserves. But, as local governments look to stabilize budgets in times of economic flux, fund balances are key to long-term planning.

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