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2016 PAR Panel Discussion




Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-04-15

Duration: 00:54:31

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, Inc. | Politics | Government | Barras, Taylor F. | DARDENNE, JAY | STATE BUDGET | Tax reform | Local governments


  • Scott, Robert Travis Moderator
  • Deslatte, Melinda Moderator
  • Wesley, Erin Monroe Panelist
  • Barras, Taylor Panelist
  • Dardenne, Jay Panelist
  • Alford, Jeremy Panelist


This episode of the series “Newsmakers” features Robert Travis Scott of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) and Melinda Deslatte of the Associated Press leading a panel discussion on the future of Louisiana at the PAR Annual Meeting on April 15, 2016. The panelists are: Erin Monroe Wesley, the special counsel to Governor John Bel Edwards; Speaker of the House Taylor Barras; Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne; and Jeremy Alford, the publisher and editor of They discuss: the possibilities for Louisiana; the upcoming special session in June to address the state’s $750 million budget deficit; the future of structural budget and tax reform; and whether the state should provide funding to local governments.