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Fiscal Reform 2017

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-03-22

Duration: 00:57:31

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | STATE BUDGET | Tax reform | Louisiana. Legislature | Taxes | Business | Local governments | Education | HIGHER EDUCATION


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Scott, Robert Travis Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Roach, Randy Interviewee
  • Olivier, Michael Interviewee
  • Morris, Jay Interviewee
  • Guarisco, Sherry S. Speaker
  • Flournoy, Melissa Speaker
  • McCollister, Rolfe Speaker
  • Faucheux, Tommy Speaker
  • Dartez, Roland Speaker
  • Nosacka, Steve Speaker
  • Gallagher, John Speaker
  • Hanks, Jamie Speaker
  • Lagarde, Brandon Speaker
  • Foster, Nicholas Speaker
  • Rottman, Samuel Parker Speaker
  • Petit, Jacques Speaker
  • Donahue, Jack Panelist
  • Moller, Jan Panelist
  • Conaway, Camille Panelist
  • Richardson, Jim Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from March 22, 2017, features Robert Travis Scott leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the status of fiscal reform in Louisiana. A background report on the topic, including interviews with Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach, Michael Olivier of the Committee of 100, and State Representative Jay Morris, precedes the discussion. The audience members discuss the impact of budget cuts on state agencies, the impact of the fiscal uncertainty on businesses and local governments, and the complexity of the state’s tax system. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: State Senator Jack Donahue, a member of the Senate Finance Committee; Jan Moller, the director of the Louisiana Budget Project; Camille Conaway, the Vice President of Policy and Research at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI); and Dr. Jim Richardson, an economist and a member of the Revenue Estimating Conference. They discuss: the likelihood of significant fiscal reform at the upcoming 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature; the funding for public education; simplifying the state’s tax code; the state’s earned income tax credit; the impact of the state’s fiscal uncertainty on job creation and higher education; and the state’s budgeting process. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Robert Travis Scott