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2017 Special Session Recap (2017)

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: 2017-02-24

Duration: 00:08:01

Subjects: STATE BUDGET | TOPS PROGRAM | Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2017 | SPECIAL SESSIONS | Taylor Opportunity Program for Students


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Spires, Kelly Reporter
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Erwin, Barry Interviewee
  • O'Donoghue, Julia Interviewee


This segment from the February 24, 2017, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kelly Spires’ recap of the 2017 Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Her report covers the compromise plan for dealing with the state’s $304 million mid-year budget shortfall and the details of Governor John Bel Edwards’ state budget proposal for the next fiscal year. It includes highlights of Governor Edwards’ press conference following the end of the special session. Charlie Whinham also conducts an in-studio interview with Barry Erwin of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) and Julia O’Donoghue of the New Orleans Times-Picayune and They discuss their takeaways from the Special Session and the major issues of the upcoming Regular Session, including fiscal reform and cuts to the TOPS program.