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Legislative Priorities (2007)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-04-25

Duration: 00:56:43

Subjects: Educational change | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | State legislators | Health care reform | Transparency in government | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2007 | STATE BUDGET | Blanco, Kathleen Babineaux, 1942-2019 | Government accountability | Education, Preschool | Filmed panel discussions | Louisiana. Legislature


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Maginnis, John Interviewee
  • LeBlanc, Jerry Luke Interviewee
  • Brandt, Jim Interviewee
  • Tucker, Jim Interviewee
  • Alario, John Interviewee
  • LaFleur, Eric Interviewee
  • Nickel, Jim Interviewee
  • Fort, Ben Speaker
  • Burton, Mary Speaker
  • Thibodeaux, Bob Speaker
  • Martin, Katherine Speaker
  • Graves, Michael Speaker
  • Ortlieb, Evan Speaker
  • Jackson, Karen Speaker
  • King, Peter Speaker
  • LeBlanc, Diana Speaker
  • Pyle, Evan Speaker
  • Tallo, Vincent Speaker
  • Coats, Becky Speaker
  • Kitchen, James Speaker
  • Blanco, Kathleen Panelist
  • Theunissen, Gerald Panelist
  • Erwin, Barry Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from April 25, 2007, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the upcoming 2007 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: John Maginnis, journalist; Commissioner of Administration Jerry Luke LeBlanc; Jim Brandt, president of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR); State Representative Jim Tucker; State Representative John Alario; State Representative Eric LaFleur; and Jim Nickel, lobbyist. The audience members then discuss their views on how the $29 billion-dollar state budget should be spent over the next fiscal year and education reform. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Governor Kathleen Blanco; State Senator Gerald Theunissen; and Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL). They discuss: how the state budget gets divided among districts in the state; how to safeguard the influx of federal money against corruption; pay raises for teachers; and the Governor’s plan to reform education statewide. This program was preserved through a 2022-2023 Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman