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Redefining State Retirement (2012)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-03-28

Duration: 00:57:59

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Louisiana -- Officials and employees | Retirement | Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Goidel, Kirby Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Evans, Michael Interviewee
  • Moller, Jan Interviewee
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Jobert, Frank Interviewee
  • Guillory, Elbert Interviewee
  • Landry, Judy Speaker
  • White, Elton Speaker
  • Atteberry, Philip Speaker
  • Bernard, Kurt Speaker
  • Depew, Shirley Speaker
  • Daniels, Ben Speaker
  • Frederick, Brent Speaker
  • Jenkins, Rosalind Speaker
  • Ray, Ronald Speaker
  • St. Dizier, Paul Speaker
  • Jobert, Frank Panelist
  • Scott, Robert Travis Panelist
  • Reynolds, Allen Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from March 28, 2012, features Kirby Goidel leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the Jindal Administration’s pension reform proposals for the state retirement system. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Michael Evans, state employee; Jan Moller of the Louisiana Budget Project; Frank Jobert of the Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana; and State Senator Elbert Guillory. The audience members then discuss their questions and concerns about the proposed changes to the state retirement system. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Frank Jobert, the president of the Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana; Robert Travis Scott, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR); and Allen Reynolds, the former director of the Louisiana Department of State Civil Service. They discuss: their concerns about the $18.5 billion unfunded accrued liability in the state’s retirement system; the proposed changes to the system, including raising the employee contributions by 3% and raising the retirement age to 67; the impact of the proposed changes on current employees; the constitutionality of the proposed changes; and the possibility of a high number of state employees retiring early if the changes are approved. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Kirby Goidel