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The Defeat of the CWEL Tax (1982)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-06-18

Duration: 00:08:56

Subjects: Politics | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1982 | LEGISLATION | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Coastal Wetlands Environmental Levy | Taxes | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY


  • George, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Gomez, Ron Speaker
  • Weaver, Loy Speaker
  • Baker, Richard Speaker
  • Hainkel, John Speaker
  • Steimel, Ed Interviewee


This segment from the June 18, 1982, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the defeat of Governor Dave Treen’s proposed Coastal Wetlands Environmental Levy (CWEL), a tax on the transportation of oil and natural gas, in the House of Representatives. This report focuses on the debate over an amendment proposed by State Representative Loy Weaver, Governor Treen’s floor leader, which lessened the projected revenue of the CWEL tax from $450 million to $12 million. It also includes highlights from a press conference given by Governor Treen after the defeat of the bill. Host: Beth George