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1983 Special Legislative Session Recap

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-12-16

Duration: 00:07:50

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1983 | SPECIAL SESSIONS | STATE BUDGET | Taxes | INCOME TAX


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Hainkel, John Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Lancaster, Charles Speaker
  • Jenkins, Woody Speaker
  • Baker, Richard Interviewee
  • Scott, Loren Interviewee


This segment from the December 16, 1983, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ recap of the 1983 Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature. She reports that the Legislature voted to restore the majority of Governor Dave Treen’s income tax cut from 1981 in order to fill the state’s $155 million budget deficit. This report includes: Governor-Elect Edwin Edwards testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee in support of Governor Treen’s plan to restore the tax cut; State Representatives Charles Lancaster and Woody Jenkins speaking against the plan on the House floor; an interview with State Representative Richard Baker on his new tax plan to raise money for road maintenance and flood control projects; and an interview with LSU economist Loren Scott on the projected decline in severance tax revenues from the oil and gas industry. Host: Ken Johnson