The latest applications for annexation into Baton Rouge by LSU and L’Auberge casino could cut further into the tax base for the proposed city of St. George and undermine the incorporation petition.
But supporters of the breakaway aren’t giving up.
They still want their new city, and even more so, a new school district.
Meanwhile, it’s recruitment season for the parish school district and it’s been holding open houses this week for its magnet and gifted and talented programs.
The sixth annual CityStats report is out.
It shines some light on where people are on some of the biggest debates in East Baton Rouge Parish at the moment— including the rights of gays and lesbians, and the state of the public schools.
Mukul Verma of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which produced the report, reads between the lines a little bit.
The state House has rejected a proposal to restructure the East baton Rouge Parish School District.
In making his closing argument for the bill in the House, Rep. Steve Carter rattled off dire statistics about test scores and arrests at parish schools.
“The entire business community recognizes the fact we need to do something," Carter said.
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber offered the plan to restructure the parish district.
The Baton Rouge Metro Council has approved the annexation of Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General Hospital, and the Mall of Louisiana.
A campaign to incorporate a new city in the southeastern part of East Baton Rouge Parish is aiming to collect 18,000 signatures by July 23 to get the issue on the November ballot.
Monday, opponents with the group Better Together, announced a drive to get some of the thousands who have already signed on to remove their names.
Lionel Rainey, spokesman for the incorporation effort called the withdrawal campaign the latest in a series of tactics to maintain the status quo.
“I guess they think these people are too stupid to understand what they are doing," Rainey said.