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2015 Legislative Session, Week 9

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-06-12

Duration: 00:05:53

Subjects: Louisiana Legislative Session, 2015 | STATE BUDGET | CIGARETTE TAXES | HIGHER EDUCATION | Dedicated funds -- Louisiana | Transportation | Education | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Connelly, Kelly Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Peterson, Karen Carter Speaker
  • Donahue, Jack Speaker
  • Martiny, Danny Speaker
  • Ritchie, Harold Speaker
  • Harris, Lance Speaker
  • Alexander, F. King Interviewee
  • Waguespack, Stephen Interviewee
  • Edwards, John Bel Interviewee
  • St. Germain, Karen Interviewee


This segment from the June 12, 2015, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Kelly Connelly’s recap of the ninth and final week of the 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These stories include: State Senators Karen Carter Peterson and Jack Donahue debating the use of one-time money in the state budget; State Senator Daniel Martiny discussing Peterson’s amendment to cut the funding for Governor Bobby Jindal’s State Police escorts for his presidential campaign events; State Representatives Harold Ritchie and Lance Harris discussing the Senate’s passage of a higher increase for the cigarette tax than was passed in the House; an interview with LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander on the status of the budget cuts to higher education; an interview with Stephen Waguespack, the president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) on the need to eliminate dedicated funds within the state budget; an interview with State Representative John Bel Edwards on his disagreement with the Legislature’s decision to not make changes to the structure of the state budget until after the 2015 gubernatorial election; an interview with State Representative Karen St. Germain, the chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee, on the passage of increased funding for transportation projects; and an interview with Waguespack on LABI’s support of two bills, limiting the amount of money transferred from the Transportation Trust Fund to the State Police and the Common Core compromise. Host: Charlie Whinham