According to the Acadia Advocate, the mayor of Lafayette, Louisiana has offered the city to create its own cryptocurrency in order to raise money for public finance, taking a prompt from Berkeley, California. The proposal was made by the mayor-president of Lafayette, Joel Robideaux, at Heymann Center, during his annual address as he called the city a ‘technology hub’ that will advance the government services and diversify the local economy. Currently, the city is in extreme economic straits and the government is planning for the additional taxes.
Joel Robideaux sees cryptocurrency as a mean to public finance work; also, it allows citizens to contribute in the financing. For him, cryptocurrencies are an alternative for financing public infrastructure. Robideaux said, he was distinguishing that the domain of finance, banking and payment systems has changed persistently, and almost every industry will be soon disrupted. Robideaux dropped the idea of cryptocurrency being promoted by worldwide libertarians in quest of undetectable and unregulated digital currency transactions.
Robideaux didn’t give any detail about how his suggestion for cryptocurrency application to municipal finance will operate, and how he will be encouraging investors to support his idea. Whereas, Berkeley is considering to promote its cryptocurrency with municipal-ties and is looking forward to offer cryptocurrency-enabled “microbonds” in order to support reasonable housing projects.
What does Robideaux see?
According to Joel Robideaux, an ICO will fund a living-lab of blockchain developers, however, he didn’t clarify what the lab would exactly consist of and where it would be sited. He added, the city must diversify its economy to deal with the unemployment which was resulted after the oil crash (2014). Robideaux said the cultural economy of the city is already in existence and will turn out to be the alleviating force in its budget; however, the budget is still in a crisis mode as the over-all fund has been reduced.
Even as the cryptocurrency project of Berkeley is in the developmental phase, councilors in Berkeley have joined with Jesse Arreguin (the mayor) along with “Neighborly,” which is a tech-startup with software engineering support from UC Blockchain Laboratory of Berkeley and its aim is to offer an ICO that would encourage transactions inside the local area.