Gov. Kathleen Blanco - March 7, 2004
Louisiana Gubernatorial Addresses
Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority
Date Issued: 2004-03-07
Subjects: Government | STATE BUDGET | Education | Early childhood education | Educational accountability | Charter schools | HIGHER EDUCATION | Health Care | Blanco, Kathleen Babineaux, 1942- | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2004 | SPECIAL SESSIONS | Politics | Louisiana Charity Hospital System | Juvenile justice, Administration of | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Taxes | RAINY DAY FUND | Corporate tax
- Blanco, Kathleen Speaker
Live coverage of Governor Kathleen Blanco’s opening address to a 2004 Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature on March 7, 2004. During her speech, Governor Blanco outlines the priorities in her state budget, including: continuing to fund the state’s pre-K program; increasing the funding for school accountability initiatives and charter schools; developing the community and technical college system; stabilizing the operations of the Charity Hospital system; juvenile justice reform; and economic development. She also discusses the three main issues under consideration during the special session: renewing and making permanent the temporary taxes that have been on the books for 18 years; changing the funding formula for the Rainy Day Fund; and phasing out two business taxes over a seven year period, the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment and the corporate franchise tax on debt.