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Stimulus Money or Not? (2009)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-03-06

Duration: 00:07:42

Subjects: Economic stimulus | American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 | LAY-OFFS | Unemployment insurance | Louisiana AFL-CIO | Unions | Economy | Jindal, Bobby, 1971- | Business | UNEMPLOYMENT | Taxes | Politics


  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Jindal, Bobby Interviewee
  • Reine, Louis Interviewee
  • Smith, Jane Interviewee
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host


This segment from the March 6, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s report on the issues surrounding Louisiana’s rejection of the $100 million portion of the federal economic stimulus package increasing employment compensation benefits. Governor Bobby Jindal explains that he rejected this portion of the stimulus money because these benefits were only funded for three years, would require a change in state law, and would result in a tax increase for state businesses to sustain the benefits after the initial period. Louis Reine, the president of the Louisiana AFL-CIO, argues that all federal monies have stipulations and that the $100 million would boost the economy and aid Louisiana workers during these difficult economic conditions. Sanford also talks to State Representative Jane Smith about her agreement with Governor Jindal’s rejection of the money. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford