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2015 Legislative Session Analysis

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-04-10

Duration: 00:12:48

Subjects: Political analysis | Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2015 | STATE BUDGET | Taxes | Tax credits | HIGHER EDUCATION | Education | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Freedom of religion | Same-sex marriage


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Stockley, Joshua Interviewee
  • Grace, Stephanie Interviewee


This segment from the April 10, 2015, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford’s on-set interview with Dr. Joshua Stockley, a professor of political science at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Stephanie Grace, a columnist with the Advocate newspaper. They discuss the major issues of the upcoming 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, including: Governor Bobby Jindal’s pledge to Americans for Tax Reform to not raise taxes and its impact on his handling of the $1.6 billion budget shortfall; the possibility of scaling back tax credits; the budget cuts to higher education; Stockley’s “Legislator’s Pledge in Support of Higher Education”; Governor Jindal’s unpopularity; the ongoing debate over Common Core; and State Representative Mike Johnson’s bill related to religious freedom and same-sex marriage.