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Gov. Mike Foster - April 24, 2000

Louisiana Gubernatorial Addresses



Genre: Speech

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2000-04-24

Duration: 00:23:53

Subjects: Foster, Mike, Jr., 1930- | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2000 | Politics | Government | STATE BUDGET | Budget deficits | SALES TAX | State Budget Cuts | Tax reform | Taxes | Sin taxes | CIGARETTE TAXES


  • Duhe, Jeff Host
  • Caledonian Pipes of Baton Rouge Performer
  • Hainkel, John Speaker
  • Foster, Mike Speaker
  • Lucas, Leonard Speaker


Jeff Duhe hosts live coverage of Governor Mike Foster’s opening address to the 2000 Fiscal Session of the Louisiana Legislature on April 24, 2000. A performance by the Caledonian Pipes of Baton Rouge and a prayer by State Representative and Reverend Leonard Lucas precede the Governor’s speech. In his speech, Governor Foster discusses: the budget shortfall; his proposed $330 million in budget cuts; the critical programs that will still need funding after the budget cuts; the need to discuss tax reform and the proper funding for educational initiatives; and his proposal to raise taxes on gambling, alcohol, cigarettes, and telecommunications, as well as a half-cent sales tax that excludes food and utilities.