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Streamlining Louisiana (2010)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-01-27

Duration: 00:57:55

Subjects: Government | Politics | Louisiana Commission on Streamlining Government | STATE BUDGET | State Budget Cuts | Taxes | Louisiana -- Officials and employees | Privatization | Health care reform | MEDICAID | Louisiana Charity Hospital System | HIGHER EDUCATION | RETIREMENT SYSTEMS | Dedicated funds -- Louisiana


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Broussard, Bryan Photographer
  • Budd, Sally Photographer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Miller, Ken Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Fontenot, Jodie Director
  • LaFleur, Donna Director
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Brandt, Jim Interviewee
  • Scott, Robert Travis Interviewee
  • Donahue, Jack Interviewee
  • Hardman, Leonal Interviewee
  • Martin, Roy O., III Interviewee
  • Gautreaux, Butch Interviewee
  • Fourrier, Brad Speaker
  • Johnson, Lucinda Speaker
  • Crawford, Mia Speaker
  • Miller, Ben Speaker
  • Braud, Paul Speaker
  • Warren, Donald Speaker
  • Wilbur, Dianna Speaker
  • Cothern, Chad Speaker
  • Murdock, Felicia Speaker
  • Jack, Adrienne Speaker
  • Losey, Gary Speaker
  • Francois, Celeste Speaker
  • Bell, Michael Speaker
  • Davis, Margot Speaker
  • Michot, Mike Panelist
  • Kennedy, John Panelist
  • Erwin, Barry Panelist
  • Ballard, Mark Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from January 27, 2010, features a discussion between the panelists and audience members on the 238 recommendations made by the Louisiana Commission on Streamlining Government to help cut $802 million from the state budget. The panelists include three members of the Commission and a journalist: State Senator Mike Michot, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee; John Neely Kennedy, Louisiana State Treasurer; Barry Erwin, the President of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL); and Mark Ballard of the Baton Rouge Advocate. They discussed: whether the state should rely solely on budget cuts; reducing the number of state employees; privatization; reallocating the existing budget; the rising cost of Medicaid; the future of the Charity Hospital system; the profitable areas of government; the potential impact of cuts to higher education; the possibility of consolidating the state’s retirement systems; and the dedicated funds within the budget.Host: Beth CourtneyHost: Craig Freeman