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Gov. Edwin Edwards - April 20, 1987

Louisiana Gubernatorial Addresses



Genre: Speech

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1987-04-20

Duration: 01:14:00

Subjects: Edwards, Edwin W. | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1987 | Politics | Government | STATE BUDGET | Unemployment insurance | Workers' compensation | Retirement | Dennis, James L. | United States. Constitution | Laborde, Raymond J. | Adley, Robert R. | JETSON, RAYMOND A.


  • Hinton, Robin Host
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Dennis, James Speaker
  • Roedts, Lynda Reporter
  • Laborde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Adley, Robert Interviewee
  • Jetson, Raymond Interviewee
  • Thibodaux High School Band Performer


Robin Hinton hosts live coverage of Governor Edwin Edwards’ opening address to the 1987 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature on April 20, 1987. In his speech, Governor Edwards discusses: his state budget proposal; the conflicting revenue projections; the need for the Legislature to find an additional $600 million in annual revenue to fund teacher pay raises, the retirement system, the highway system, health care, aid to local governments, job training, and state employee pay raises; his support of three constitutional amendments proposed by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR), including the creation of a mineral trust fund, requiring the retirement system to be sound actuarially, and a new system for revenue forecasts; and the need for unemployment compensation and workmen’s compensation reform. Louisiana Supreme Court Justice James Dennis, the chairman of the Louisiana Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, also addresses the joint session of the Legislature. Following the speeches, reporter Lynda Roedts interviews State Representatives Raymond Laborde, Robert Adley, and Raymond Jetson on their reactions to the Governor’s speech and their priorities for the session. Lastly, the Thibodaux High School Band performs on the steps of the State Capitol in commemoration of Louisiana’s 175 years of statehood.