It’s a typical day in New Orleans, where public officials are not held accountable.
After New Orleans City Councilman Jared Brossett outlined a plan to raise the current wage for businesses that do business with the city to $10.10 an hour, Mayor Mitch Landrieu was instructed by law to have a report on the impact of the wage increase by May 26.
Since, there has been nothing from Landrieu’s administration.
NOLA.com put out a story last week about how Landrieu’s office completely blew the deadline. But now, it’s been a total of 12 business days and still nothing from Landrieu’s administration.
At the same time, no one is being held accountable for Landrieu missing the deadline on the report. His administration told NOLA.com that the tardiness is due to some legal measures that could impact the study on the living wage increase.
Yet, what is the point of these deadlines for Landrieu’s administration if his office is going to practically ignore them? Where’s the accountability that public officials are supposed to be held to?
Even worse is that when Brossett spoke with NOLA.com about Landrieu’s disregard for the living wage report deadline, he blew it off too, saying “I hope that the administration can provide the requested fiscal note in the very near future so we can move this critical legislation forward.”
The problem is that the “very near future” was supposed to be May 26. What kind of message does it send to the people of New Orleans when not even the City Council will hold Landrieu’s administration accountable? Where are the watchdogs?