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State Budget Deficit (1985)

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: 1985-10-25

Duration: 00:05:43

Subjects: STATE BUDGET | Offshore oil and gas leases


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Lauricella, Hank Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Ryan, Earl Interviewee


This segment from the October 25, 1985, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson’s report on the state budget deficit. His report touches on: the Legislative Fiscal Office announcing that the state ended the 1984-1985 fiscal year with a $23.6 million budget deficit; the projections for a $150 million deficit for 1985-1986 and a $250 million deficit for 1986-1987; and the United States House of Representatives approving a settlement for the 8g offshore oil and gas royalties that could give Louisiana $670 million to $870 million. Johnson interviews State Senator Hank Lauricella and Earl Ryan, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) of Louisiana. His report also includes highlights of a press conference with Governor Edwin Edwards discussing the 8g settlement.