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?
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.