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La. Department of Health Budget Cuts (2023)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-06-30

Duration: 00:07:01

Subjects: STATE BUDGET | Louisiana. Department of Health | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2023


  • LeBlanc, Karen Host
  • Mills, Fred Interviewee
  • Russo, Stephen Speaker
  • Barrow, Regina Interviewee
  • Schexnayder, Clay Interviewee
  • Procopio, Steven Interviewee


This segment from the June 30, 2023, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen LeBlanc’s report on the Louisiana Legislature voting to cut $100 million from the Louisiana Department of Health’s budget in the final minutes of the 2023 Legislative Session. LeBlanc reports that Governor John Bel Edwards has restored the funding in the state budget. She interviews: State Senator Fred Mills, the chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee; State Senator Regina Barrow, the vice chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee; Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder; and Dr. Steven Procopio, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR). This report also includes highlights of Secretary Stephen Russo of the Louisiana Department of Health testifying before the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.