Louisiana Viewpoint: Loud ovation for Mayor Broome reflects Baton Rouge’s eagerness to ease traffic woes

Good politicians often get applause when they speak, but East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome got an ovation before she uttered a word of her annual state-of-the-city address to the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge on Wednesday.

The audience cheered when Broome was introduced as the mayor who passed a roads tax last month. Taxes don’t usually get applause, either, especially from a room full of business executives. That enthusiasm, we assume, reflects the eagerness of many Baton Rougeans to ease the city’s traffic congestion, something the new half-cent sales tax is supposed to do.