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State’s Fiscal Problems (1993)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1993-03-26

Duration: 00:57:16



  • Duhe, Jeff Host
  • Drennen, Mark Panelist
  • Logan, Rae Panelist
  • Ewing, Randy Panelist
  • Day, Linda Panelist
  • Rombach, John Interviewee
  • Bruneau, Peppi Speaker
  • Schwegmann, Melinda Speaker
  • Fowler, Jerry Interviewee
  • Keller, Paul Interviewee
  • Cleland, Chris Interviewee
  • Dardenne, Jay Speaker
  • Campbell, Foster Interviewee
  • Borne, Dan Interviewee
  • Rainey, Bill Interviewee
  • Porter, Jim Interviewee
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from March 26, 1993, features Jeff Duhe moderating a panel discussion on the state’s long-range fiscal problems. In between the discussion, he presents four reports on the state budget, including: the Legislative Fiscal Office’s list of recommended budget cuts; the cuts to higher education; the proposed tax on oil and gas companies; and the state’s addiction to debt. The panelists are: Mark Drennen of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR); Rae Logan, state bond commissioner; State Senator Randy Ewing; and Linda Day of the Louisiana Association of Educators. They discuss: the difficulty in making budget cuts; the importance of getting state spending under control; cuts to higher education; the proposed tax on oil and gas companies; how far bold ideas go in the Legislature; the state’s approach to debt management; and the efforts to protect the state’s vital services.