Gov. Edwards to sign infrastructure, casino measures
Gov. John Bel Edwards has paid a visit to New Orleans to sign bills important to city tourism and to efforts to repair streets, drainage, water systems, and other infrastructure.
On Friday afternoon, Edwards signed bills increasing revenue for city infrastructure. Those measures include a 1% increase in the tax on New Orleans hotel rooms and a planned increase in taxes on short-term rental units. The signing took place at the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, which is responsible for street drainage and public water systems.
He also was in town to sign a measure extending Harrah's contract to operate Louisiana's land-based New Orleans casino for 30 years. An extension effort had failed a year earlier amid questions about whether it offered enough to the state.
“Everyone involved in the process is to be commended for their dedication to this great city and making it even better,” said Gov. Edwards. “It took many hours of hard work and as a result, we have been able to provide necessary resources to invest in the city’s infrastructure and help provide reliable drainage, which is critical. And by extending the contract with Harrah’s, we have been able to help provide another economic development boost to New Orleans that is home to many wonderful people and a premier destination for countless others every year. It’s gratifying to be able to come together to make this a reality.”
“Today marks a major win for the City of New Orleans, the State of Louisiana, and our hospitality and tourism industry partners,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell “The New Orleans Fair Share package of bills that were signed today puts the city on a sustainable path to improving our infrastructure and our ability to maintain the basic needs and services that make our City function. I thank Governor Edwards, the members of the House & Senate, our New Orleans Delegation, the industry leaders, and everyone who worked tirelessly this year to make these bills a reality. We are all working to serve something greater--- the people of this region, and I could not be more proud of all that we accomplished.”