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State Budget Shortfall (Oct. 1994)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1994-10-21

Duration: 00:15:21



  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Laborde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Ackal, Bo Interviewee
  • McMains, Chuck Interviewee


This segment from the October 21, 1994, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on the $750 million state budget shortfall for fiscal year 1995-1996 due to a cutback in federal funding for the Medicaid program. Duhe reports that the state is also facing a $41 million shortfall in the current fiscal year for the payment of final legal judgements. He interviews Commissioner of Administration Raymond Laborde. Robert Collins then conducts an in-studio interview with State Representative Bo Ackal, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and State Representative Chuck McMains. They discuss how the Legislature plans to deal with the state budget shortfall.