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The Legislative Black Caucus & the State Budget Debate (1980)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-06-13

Duration: 00:14:37

Subjects: Louisiana Legislative Session, 1980 | Louisiana. Legislature | Politics | LEGISLATION | STATE BUDGET | Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus | CAUCUSES | African Americans | RALLIES | Louisiana State Capitol (Baton Rouge, La.) | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Budget surpluses


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Jackson, Johnny Speaker
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Johnson, Jon Speaker
  • Reilly, Kevin Interviewee
  • Douglas, Emmitt Speaker
  • Young, A.Z. Speaker
  • Jackson, Alphonse Speaker
  • Alexander, Avery Speaker


This segment from the June 13, 1980, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features an in-depth report on the debate over the $5 billion General Appropriations Bill, or state budget, and the opposition of the Legislative Black Caucus to Governor Dave Treen’s plan to spend the budget surplus on roads and tax cuts instead of programs aimed at meeting human needs. This report includes footage of a rally held by the Legislative Black Caucus on the steps of the State Capitol called “Survival Day” and their subsequent meeting with Governor Treen to discuss their concerns over the state budget. Host: Beth George Host: Ron Blome