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Gov. Buddy Roemer - March 1, 1989

Louisiana Gubernatorial Addresses



Genre: Speech

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-03-01

Duration: 00:29:44

Subjects: Roemer, Buddy | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1989 | SPECIAL SESSIONS | Politics | Government | Tax reform | STATE BUDGET | LOBBYISTS | Drennen, Mark | Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, Inc.


  • Lormand, Ken Host
  • Sockman, Roger Reporter
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker
  • Drennen, Mark Interviewee


Ken Lormand hosts live coverage of Governor Buddy Roemer’s address to a 1989 Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature on March 1, 1989. Prior to the speech, Lormand and correspondent Roger Sockman report on the defeat of a major portion of Roemer’s tax reform plan in House Bill 2 the previous day. In his speech, Governor Roemer: asks the Legislature to amend House Bill 2 in its present form and pass his tax reform plan; criticizes the work of lobbyists and special interest groups in helping to defeat his proposal; and warns that a vote against his plan will cause him to gut the state budget. Following the speech, Lormand interviews Mark Drennan of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, who discusses his reaction to the speech, the budget cuts to higher education and health care that will take place if the plan is not passed, and why he thinks the bill failed.