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1977 Special Session of the Legislature

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1977-08-12

Duration: 00:27:59

Subjects: Louisiana Conservative Caucus | Politics | Taxes | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1977 | SPECIAL SESSIONS | Louisiana. Legislature | State legislators | LEGISLATION | Edwards, Edwin W. | Teacher pay raises | State employee pay raises | INCOME TAX | Corporate tax | GAS TAX | CAUCUSES


  • George, Beth Host
  • Godoy, Al Photographer
  • Herrod, Doug Photographer
  • Smith, Rick Photographer
  • Bajon, Diane Photographer
  • DeMers, John Writer
  • Wolf, Thom Producer
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Wolf, Thom Director
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Stephens, William E. Speaker
  • LeBlanc, Luke Speaker
  • Leach, Buddy Speaker
  • Thompson, Mike Speaker
  • O'Neal, B.F. Interviewee
  • Jenkins, Woody Interviewee
  • Scott, Jock Interviewee


An episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from August 12, 1977, focused on the 1977 Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature, which was called to deal with the issues of teacher and state employee pay raises. This episode features: a press conference held by Governor Edwin Edwards at the Governor’s Mansion before the special session where he expressed doubts that his tax increase package would pass; the speech given by Governor Edwards at the opening of the special session, where he explained his proposed pay raises for teachers and state employees; testimony by Governor Edwards at a committee hearing where he discussed his tax package for increases in personal income tax, corporate income tax, and gas taxes; debate on the floor of the House of Representatives related to the tax package; and a profile of the Conservative Caucus in the legislature, including the group’s opposition to the Governor’s tax increases, their proposals to fund the teacher and state employee pay raises, and their overall goal of fiscal conservatism. Host: Beth George