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CWEL Tax Debate (1982)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-05-14

Duration: 00:14:42

Subjects: Politics | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1982 | LEGISLATION | STEIMEL, ED | Louisiana Association of Business and Industry | Coastal Wetlands Environmental Levy | Taxes | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY | PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY | Louisiana. Governor's Cost Control Commission


  • George, Beth Host
  • Greco, Cyrus Panelist
  • Steimel, Ed Panelist


This segment from the May 14, 1982, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features an in-studio debate between Ed Steimel, the president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), and Cyrus Greco, the Assistant Executive Counsel to Governor Dave Treen, on the proposed Coastal Wetlands Environmental Levy (CWEL), a tax on the transportation of oil and natural gas. They discussed: the possibility of the state saving money by enacting the recommendations of the Governor’s Cost Control Commission; the impact of the CWEL tax on consumers and the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries; and the potential difficulties in using the funds raised by the tax if the constitutionality of the law is tested. Host: Beth George