Fiscal Responsibility

In the current economic climate, and because the proposed plan would be the largest economic project in New Orleans history, any decisions must be fiscally responsible. LSU currently expects their proposal to cost a total of $1.2 billion, however there are indications that number is low, especially when factoring in operational costs. While health care facilities are a worthy investment of taxpayer money, the current LSU/VA proposal ignores the savings that renovating Charity Hospital affords. The LSU/VA proposal does not make use of available preservation grants and unnecessarily spends scarce taxpayer dollars to expropriate private lands and evict tenants. The jobs created by this large economic development project would be delayed under the LSU/VA version as a result of this slow and wasteful land acquisition process. As Governor Jindal has made numerous painful cuts on education and health care spending, that LSU has not provided a model operating budget for once the hospital is completed should raise serious questions.

Below you will find a collection of articles pertaining to the preservation issue:

Times-Picayune: "Savings won't be realized with new hospital in Mid-City - VA, LSU out of sync on sharing services"

Building a new state hospital alongside a planned U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in lower Mid-City won't produce the initial level of savings once touted by the Louisiana State University System, according to the school's top health officer.

Dr. Fred Cerise said the primary reason is that a lack of clear financing has put LSU behind its original schedule, while federal money is lined up for the Veterans Affairs hospital slated to open in 2012, negating plans for sharing some equipment and facilities.

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Times-Picayune: "Feds plan to settle FEMA's bill for Charity - Napolitano calls for meeting to nail down damage amount"

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she plans to call state and federal officials together in Washington, D.C., soon to try to settle a three-year dispute about how much FEMA owes Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina damage to Charity Hospital.

The eventual outcome -- state and federal officials remain almost $350 million apart -- is a key piece of the financing puzzle for a proposed $1.2 billion academic medical complex in lower Mid-City to replace University Hospital and the shuttered Charity building.

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WWLTV: "Preservationists: Renovating Charity could save the state millions"

BATON ROUGE, La. –  A group preservationists are making a pitch to state lawmakers to save and rehabilitate Charity Hospital, which they contend is cheaper and faster than building a new hospital, rather than building a new medical complex in the Tulane-Gravier area of New Orleans.

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The Gambit: "Did the public ever really have a say in where the new $2 billion medical campus will be located?"

With a cold wind streaming across Tulane Avenue and snow covering the grounds of the old Charity Hospital, a group of about 20 people stood in front of the shuttered medical center's entrance on Dec. 11. The group was protesting the closing of Charity and the city, state and federal government's decision to build a new medical campus, estimated to cost $2 billion, adjacent to downtown New Orleans. The plan, a collaboration between Louisiana State University and the U.S.

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