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Gov. John Bel Edwards Interview (2023)

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: 2023-12-29

Duration: 00:26:10

Subjects: Edwards, John Bel | Politics | Government | STATE BUDGET | Transparency in government | Disaster response and recovery | COVID-19 pandemic | Abortion | MEDICAID


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Edwards, John Bel Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from December 29, 2023, features Kara St. Cyr’s interview with Governor John Bel Edwards reflecting on his eight years in office. He discusses: the end of his term; working with the Legislature to solve problems; balancing the state budget after inheriting a $2 billion shortfall; the importance of transparency in his administration; the difficulty of disaster recovery following natural disasters, including the 2016 floods, Hurricane Laura, and Hurricane Ida; learning from every disaster response; the COVID-19 pandemic; the state’s abortion law; the Legislature’s veto override sessions; Medicaid expansion; his future plans; and his legacy.