The city of New Orleans is cash strapped. A drive through the decaying city confirms that. The city cannot maintain roads or hire first responders.
But the city was able to scrounge up $1.04 million to remove the Confederate monuments. The city cannot provide a livable city, but it can get the money to virtue signal.
From The Advocate:
It cost a total of about $2.1 million to take down four Jim Crow-era monuments in New Orleans, about half of which was spent on the removals themselves and the rest on security and support services that included hiring a private security firm for more than $700,000.
The city released the total costs of the monument removals, which played out from late April through May amid protests, threats and national media attention, on Friday in response to requests for the totals and public records requests from media including The New Orleans Advocate.
Removing the statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard and the monument to the Battle of Liberty Place cost a total of $665,000 plus an additional $400,000 for backup equipment and labor. Those costs were paid by private donors who identities are being kept anonymous because the donations are being routed through the Foundation For Louisiana.
In addition to those costs, however, the city spent about $1.04 million of public money on costs associated with the removals. That includes costs for New Orleans police, fire and emergency medical services personnel to be present at the removals and at a massive protest at the Lee statue as well as about $710,000 to Trident, a private security firm that provided “threat assessments” and analysis that included undercover work infiltrating groups on both sides of the issue.
Mitch Landrieu has set his priorities and it’s not public safety or anything to make New Orleans a liveable city. Instead, his priorities are virtue signaling and grandstanding for a national audience.