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Legislative Report – April 27, 1984

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-04-27

Duration: 00:24:37

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Elections, 1984 | United States presidential election, 1984 | Gasoline -- Taxation | Taxes | Reilly, Kevin, Sr., 1928-2012 | STATE BUDGET


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Alario, John Interviewee
  • Johnston, J. Bennett Speaker
  • Sinitiere, David Interviewee
  • Landry, Claire Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Stoma, Charles "Bubba" Interviewee
  • Reilly, Kevin, Sr. Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 27, 1984, features Beth Courtney and Robyn Ekings hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Ekings reports on the day’s headlines, including a press conference with United States Senator J. Bennett Johnston discussing the upcoming May 5th Democratic Presidential Primary. Next, Ekings reports on Governor Edwin Edwards’ plan to reduce the gasoline tax increase from eight cents to four cents a gallon and to implement a real estate transfer tax. Her report includes highlights from a press conference with Governor Edwards discussing the plan and an interview with Charles “Bubba” Stoma, the vice president of the Louisiana Home Builders Association, on their opposition to the real estate transfer tax. Lastly, Courtney conducts an in-studio interview with State Representative Kevin Reilly, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He discusses: his view of Governor Edwards’ proposed tax plan; his proposal to remove all tax exemptions; the confusion over this year’s state budget process; his plan to offer early retirement to state employees; his disagreement with the Governor’s plan to lay-off probationary state employees; and the lack of political will to engage in long-term budget planning.