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Gov. John Bel Edwards - February 14, 2016

Louisiana Gubernatorial Addresses



Genre: Speech

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-02-14

Duration: 00:45:09

Subjects: SPECIAL SESSIONS | Edwards, John Bel | Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2016 | STATE BUDGET | Health Care | HIGHER EDUCATION


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Scott, Robert Travis Guest
  • Beard, Mark Speaker
  • Alario, John Speaker
  • Stewart, Cory Performer
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker


Charlie Whinham hosts live coverage of Governor John Bel Edwards’ opening address to the First 2016 Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature on February 14, 2016. Prior to the speech, Whinham and Robert Travis Scott of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) discuss the $940 million mid-year budget deficit. In the House chamber, Father Mark Beard of St. Helena Catholic Church leads a prayer, Senate President John Alario leads the Pledge of Allegiance and House Communications Director Cory Stewart sings the National Anthem. During his speech, Governor Edwards discusses: the $940 million mid-year budget deficit and the $2 billion budget deficit for the next fiscal year; the impact of the budget deficit on health care and higher education; and his proposals for budget cuts and raising revenue. Following the speech, Whinham and Scott analyze Governor Edwards’ remarks.