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Gov. Buddy Roemer’s First Week in Office (1988)

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: 1988-03-18

Duration: 00:22:26

Subjects: Roemer, Buddy | STATE BUDGET | Louisiana. Legislature


  • Lormand, Ken Host
  • Sockman, Roger Reporter
  • Roemer, Buddy Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from March 18, 1988, focuses on Governor Buddy Roemer’s first week in office. Ken Lormand first interviews Governor Roemer, who discusses: his first week in office; the state’s poor financial condition; the upcoming special session of the Louisiana Legislature; his preference for budget cuts over taxes; the extent of the state budget deficit; the state’s low bond rating; the state’s Charity Hospital System; and his plans for education reform. Roger Sockman then recaps Governor Roemer’s first week in office, including: highlights from his inauguration; the election of Jimmy Dimos as Speaker of the House and Allen Bares as Senate President, Roemer’s preferences for the leadership positions; and an interview with Roemer discussing the implementation of the pay delay plan for state employees.