DuBos: Jindal finally signs Harrah's funding bill

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Posted on June 24, 2014 at 7:04 PM

This year's legislative session brought some good news for the city of New Orleans: a dedicated funding source to help pay the cost of servicing Harrah's Casino. That's the topic of this week's commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- In Greek mythology, Sisyphus had to push a large boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, before having to push it back up again and again, forever.

State Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, probably felt a lot like Sisyphus in recent years. Every year since 2010, Leger passed a bill to give the city a dedicated source of $3.6 million owed by the state, annually, for municipal services to Harrah's Casino.

And four straight years, Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed Leger's bill.

What's especially frustrating is that fact that the money was promised, in writing, as part of a deal to legalize the land-based casino more than 20 years ago. It's supposed to repay the city for police, fire, sanitation and other services that keep the casino operating, because the city gets none of the taxes that Harrah's pays the state.

Finally, this year, Jindal signed Leger's bill. New Orleans no longer has to beg for the money it is owed.

At long last, Leger's boulder stayed atop the hill.

 

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