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State Contracts 101 (2014)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2014-04-23

Duration: 00:57:36

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Privatization | Government | Public contracts


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Goidel, Kirby Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Havard, Kenneth Interviewee
  • Gregory, Don Interviewee
  • Kennedy, John Neely Interviewee
  • Richard, Jerome "Dee" Interviewee
  • Nichols, Kristy Speaker
  • Scott, Robert Travis Interviewee
  • Mobley, Daniel Speaker
  • Nelson, Tre Speaker
  • Bertolette, William Speaker
  • Reynolds, Patrick Speaker
  • Duncan, Johnell Speaker
  • Couvillion, John Speaker
  • Downs, Jon Speaker
  • Barnes, Walton, II Speaker
  • Rhoads, Michael Speaker
  • Wendt, Austin Speaker
  • Bowles, Haillie Speaker
  • Jackson, Cyndi Speaker
  • Meisner, Chris Speaker
  • Kennedy, John Neely Panelist
  • Naquin, Ken Panelist
  • Havard, Kenneth Panelist
  • Kane, Kevin Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from April 23, 2014, features Kirby Goidel leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on state contracts and the privatization of state services. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: State Representative Kenneth Havard; Don Gregory, the health care analyst for the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR); State Treasurer John Kennedy; State Representative Jerome “Dee” Richard; and Robert Travis Scott, the president of PAR. The audience members then discuss their views on state contracts and the privatization of state services. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: State Treasurer John Kennedy; Ken Naquin, the CEO of the Louisiana Association of General Contractors; State Representative Kenneth Havard; and Kevin Kane, the president of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. They discuss: their views on state contracts and privatization; the legislation related to state contracts under consideration at the 2014 Legislative Session; the oversight of government contracts; getting rid of frivolous state contracts; the need for a better review process for the content of state contracts before they are approved; and the privatization of public schools. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Kirby Goidel