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La. Streamlining Commission (2009)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-11-13

Duration: 00:06:17

Subjects: Louisiana Commission on Streamlining Government | Erwin, Barry | State Budget Cuts | Health Care | MEDICAID | CAPITAL OUTLAY | Transportation | Kennedy, John Neely


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Erwin, Barry Interviewee
  • Powell, Marjorie Speaker
  • Kennedy, John Speaker


This segment from the November 13, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s report on the work of the Louisiana Commission on Streamlining Government. Sanford interviews commission member Barry Erwin of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL), who discusses the commission’s role in finding $800 million to cut from the state budget and identifying the inefficiencies and duplication within state government agencies, the work of the state agencies in starting the streamlining process on their own, and the possibility of lay-offs. This report also includes highlights from the commission’s latest meeting, including testimony by Marjorie Powell of PhRMA against a proposal to limit the amount of prescription drugs on the preferred list for Medicaid. It also includes State Treasurer John Kennedy, a commission member, speaking in favor of the prescription drug limit and against a proposal to earmark the capital outlay budget for road and bridge repairs. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford