Shreveport Council Chairman James Flurry wants to withdraw Shreveport's participation with the Metropolitan Planning Commission. Flurry tells KEEL News the city can handle planning in-house.

Flurry tells us "the way it is now just ain't working for the citizens of Shreveport. We need a more business friendly government." Shreveport chips in 1.2 million dollars to the MPC while Caddo Parish pays $200,000. Flurry says his proposal would save the city $400,000 a year. He's hoping the city of Shreveport could have a planning department up and operating by January 1st.

What about the employees at the MPC? Flurry says he does not handle hiring for the city, but he would assume they would all be welcome to apply for the jobs in the new planning department.

MPC Board Member Ronnie Remedies tells KEEL News he is not surprised by this move. He says when one person gets too much power, you can have problems. KEEL has tried to contact MPC Director Mark Sweeney, but he has not yet returned our call.