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Grace Notes: LaToya Cantrell should know better than to mess with libraries -- or to support someone who stole from them

NOLA.com
 2021-06-08

Cover picture for the articleYou don’t mess with public libraries, and the people who love them, without facing severe repercussions. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell should know that. A onetime library champion who worked to rebuild and reopen the branch in her neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina, Cantrell — for reasons that were never entirely clear — targeted the city’s libraries for deep cuts in a complicated millage renewal reconfiguration last year, which aimed to redirect tax revenue currently going to the system towards things like infrastructure and economic development. Thanks largely to the proposed 40% cut to New Orleans libraries for 20 years, voters decisively defeated the idea.

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