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Defeat of Roemer Tax Plan (1989)




Genre: Newsmagazine

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-05-14

Duration: 00:19:13

Subjects: Elections, 1989 | Politics | Roemer, Buddy | Tax reform | Taxes


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Perry, Huey Interviewee
  • Ransburg, Frank Interviewee


This segment from the May 14, 1989, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s in-studio interview with Dr. Huey Perry and Frank Ransburg, political science professors at Southern University in Baton Rouge. They discuss: the role of black voters in defeating Governor Buddy Roemer’s tax reform proposal; the messages sent by voters; Governor Roemer needing a broader range of input on the proposal before it was put on the ballot; the reasons why low income white and black voters voted against the proposal; the possible closure of the Charity Hospital System; the state of politics in Louisiana; and Governor Roemer’s fiscal conservative approach to policy making.