Louisiana state officials delay New Orleans flood funding for second time over city officials’ stance on abortion

Landry urged the commission to deny funding in both cases because of a New Orleans City Council resolution encouraging law enforcement in the area not to enforce the state’s abortion ban. state in their respective jurisdictions.

The project, titled “New Sewerage and Water Board Power Plant, Planning and Construction” is intended to protect the streets of New Orleans from flooding during storms and will be completed in 2024.

In response to Louisiana’s so-called trigger ban — which went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade – New Orleans City Council passed a resolution on July 7 certifying city leaders’ support for access to abortion and reproductive health care by asking police, sheriff’s deputies and prosecutors not to spend municipal funds on collecting information on abortions.
The Louisiana ban, which was challenged in court, banned abortion, with no exemptions for rape or incest — and is currently in effect, CNN previously reported.
In a July 19 letter, Landry asked the bond commission to suspend all funding benefiting the city of New Orleans due to opposition from city leaders to state law enforcement. prohibiting abortion.

“In light of the city’s open challenge to the will of the people of Louisiana, I urge the Bonds Commission to defer any bids for the City of New Orleans, the Parish of Orleans, and any local government entity or subdivision policy within its purview,” Landry said. written in the July letter.

“In addition, any other funding that will directly benefit the City of New Orleans should also be suspended until the council, mayor, police chief, sheriff, and district attorney have met and affirmed that they will respect and enforce the laws of this State and cooperate with all agents of the State who may be called upon to enforce them.”

According to the minutes of the July 21 commission meeting, a representative from Landry’s office moved to move the sewer and water project off the agenda and approve the remaining projects.

The motion was approved without objection, according to the minutes.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell responded to the motion in a press release, saying it’s “disappointing and appalling” that the commission has cut off funding for one of the most critical infrastructure projects. “vital and precious”.

“Regardless of the outcome, my administration will continue to put the needs of our residents first, which includes improving our aging infrastructure, strengthening our resilience as a city, and protecting the reproductive rights of women across the city. of New Orleans,” Cantrell said in The Version.

On August 18, the bond commission met a second time to vote on flood funding, and for the second time, and again at Landry’s urging, voted 7-6 to defer the funding motion. see you next month, according to the reunion video.
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“New Orleans officials were sworn to support and enforce our state’s laws, but they decided some laws weren’t worth enforcing,” Landry said in a statement after Thursday’s vote. .

“In light of the city’s open defiance of the will of the people of Louisiana, I continue my efforts with the State Bond Commission. Today was another step in ensuring that parishes and municipalities across our state comply with the laws of our state,” the state attorney general said in a Facebook post.

On Friday, Mayor Cantrell told CNN’s Alex Marquardt that she would not reconsider her stance on abortion. Withholding or redirecting resources for infrastructure impacts both national and local economies, Cantrell said.

“We cannot afford to put politics ahead of people’s rights, and especially protecting people from hurricanes and other disasters, because we are on the front lines of climate change,” Cantrell said on CNN.

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