NEW ORLEANS - Today, Councilmember Moreno applauded the inclusion of a number of critical advancements in the 2021 City Budget. Despite facing significant headwinds due to revenue losses from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Council approved critical equity and economic justice priorities in the budget. These include an initial investment of $3m in the build-out of public internet access, funding a public-facing NOPD officer accountability dashboard, and a resolution protecting city workers making under $35k from wage loss due to furloughs.
“We are facing extraordinary budget pressures this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t prioritize investments that will build a more equitable and just future for New Orleanians,” said Councilmember Moreno. “From NOPD officer accountability to the initial steps to fundamentally address the digital divide, to protecting our most vulnerable workers from unsustainable wage loss - we must make investments in our future, even in the toughest of times.”
The investments in broadband and NOPD dashboard were contained in the 2021 capital budget. The wage protections were passed by resolution during the budget process.
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Office of Councilmember-at-Large Helena Moreno