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Farm Tariffs, Georgia-Pacific Layoffs, Government Shutdown | 1/18/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

A Debate About Farm Tariffs

The week began with a visit to New Orleans by President Trump, where he spoke to the American Farm Bureau Federation about tariffs. Dr. Charles Boustany, who has represented south Louisiana in congress for over a decade, was at the event. He has teamed up with a non-partisan campaign called "Tariffs Hurt the Heartland," a movement opposed to the use of tariffs. Dr. Boustany speaks with Andre’ about his concerns for the state farmers.

What the Government Shutdown Means for Louisiana

The government shutdown has become the longest in U.S. history. Jan Moller of the Louisiana Budget Project, who keeps watch on public policy and how it affects the state’s low to moderate income families, and Marketa Garner Walters from the Department Of Children And Family Services, discuss the impact the shutdown is having on people in Louisiana.

Layoffs at Georgia-Pacific

Georgia-Pacific’s decision to stop producing office paper at its plant in Port Hudson will mean the layoff of 650 people, and it has experts adding up the losses. An LSU Agriculture Center economic model says the ripple effect could impact more than 2,100 jobs across the state. This calculates to nearly $188 million in labor income. Just over a decade ago, when international paper closed in Bastrop, it cut the heart out of the northeast Louisiana city. Andre’ discusses the current situation with Dr. Jim Richardson, director of public administration at the Ourso College of business at LSU.