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Gov. Mike Foster - March 31, 1997

Louisiana Gubernatorial Addresses



Genre: Speech

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1997-03-31

Duration: 00:23:17

Subjects: Foster, Mike, Jr., 1930- | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1997 | Politics | Government | STATE BUDGET | RAINY DAY FUND | Educational change | HIGHER EDUCATION | MEDICAID | Workforce development | Louisiana Charity Hospital System | Louisiana State University System | DRUG TESTING | Health Care | AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE


  • Duhe, Jeff Host
  • Foster, Mike Speaker
  • Willard-Lewis, Cynthia Speaker


Jeff Duhe hosts live coverage of Governor Mike Foster’s opening address to the 1997 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature on March 31, 1997. Prior to the speech, Governor Foster asks State Representative Cynthia Willard-Lewis to lead a prayer. During his speech, Governor Foster discusses: his proposed state budget; establishing a rainy day fund; education reform; consolidating the decision-making for higher education on capital improvements, budgeting, and program distribution to a single governing board; Medicaid reform; workforce development; moving the governance of the Charity Hospital System to the LSU System; requiring drug tests for all state employees and people who receive public assistance; and lowering auto insurance rates.