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1984 Special Legislative Session, Week 2

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-03-30

Duration: 00:06:06

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | SPECIAL SESSIONS | Politics | Government | Taxes | Edwards, Edwin W.


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Baker, Richard Interviewee


This segment from the March 30, 1984, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ recap of the second and final week of the 1984 Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Ekings reports that the Legislature passed $700 to $750 million of Governor Edwin Edwards’ $1.1 billion tax package and that Louisiana residents are outraged by the increase in their tax burden. This report includes highlights from a press conference with Governor Edwards discussing his disappointment that his full plan did not pass and his willingness to consider changes following the public outcry over the increased taxes. Ekings also interviews State Representative Richard Baker, who discusses his reaction to the difficult special session. Host: Beth Courtney