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Legislative Report – April 20, 1984

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-04-20

Duration: 00:24:07

Subjects: STATE BUDGET | Louisiana World Exposition (1984: New Orleans, La.) | Louisiana. Division of Administration | Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Louisiana -- Officials and employees | LAY-OFFS | Louisiana. Department of Commerce | Alexander, Stephanie


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Nelson, Sydney Interviewee
  • Laborde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Faucheux, Ron Interviewee
  • Alexander, Stephanie Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 20, 1984, features Beth Courtney, Robyn Ekings, and Ken Johnson hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson recaps the week’s headlines at the Legislature. Next, Ekings reports on Governor Edwin Edwards’ controversial plan to lay-off 6,000 state employees. She interviews Secretary of Commerce Ron Faucheux, who discusses the potential impact of the lay-offs on his department. Lastly, Beth Courtney conducts an in-studio interview with Commissioner of Administration Stephanie Alexander. She discusses: the state employee lay-offs; the $52 million state budget deficit; the $10 million bailout of the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans; her commitment to removing politics from the Division of Administration; and the Governor’s financial advisors.