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Legislative Report – May 10, 1984

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-05-10

Duration: 00:25:17

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | University of Louisiana at Lafayette | STATE BUDGET | State employee pay raises | Teacher pay raises | Unions | Louisiana Association of Educators | AFSCME


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Guarisco, Anthony Speaker
  • Brinkhaus, Armand Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Crane, Carl Interviewee
  • Delpit, Joe Interviewee
  • Bruneau, Peppi Interviewee
  • Williams, Rita Interviewee
  • Webb, Garland Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 10, 1984, features Ken Johnson and Robyn Ekings hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson first reports on the day’s headlines. These stories include: State Senator Anthony Guarisco and State Senator Armand Brinkhaus debating a bill that changes the name of the University of Southwestern Louisiana to the University of Louisiana; the recommendations of three subcommittees on cutting the state budget; and Governor Edwin Edwards discussing the difficulty in making cuts to the budget. Next, Ekings reports on Governor Edwards’ proposal for a 10% pay raise for teachers and state employees. Her report includes interviews with Governor Edwards and State Representatives Carl Crane, Joe Delpit, and Peppi Bruneau. Lastly, Johnson and Ekings conduct an in-studio interview with Rita Williams, the communications director for the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE), and Garland Webb, the president of the Louisiana chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFCSME). They discuss: the possibility of teachers staging a walk-out; their three years without a pay raise; whether they will support a smaller pay raise; their position on using money from a lottery to fund pay raises; and their lobbying efforts in the Legislature.