Opinion Columns

Bond Commission Is Your Watchdog Over State and Local Debt

By State Treasurer John M. Schroder One of my duties as State Treasurer is serving as Chairman of the State Bond Commission. The commission was statutorily created in the late 60s as a successor to…

We Must Reform the State’s Capital Outlay System Now

By State Treasurer John M. Schroder As Louisiana’s banker, part of my job is to tell you what you need to hear about the state’s finances. Unfortunately, it may not always be what you want…

Treasury’s Fiscal Control Division Serves as Backbone of State’s Banking and Financial Operations

I’ve been serving as State Treasurer for a little over 100 days now, and it’s so rewarding to come to the office every day and work for Louisiana taxpayers. I promised when I took this…

Treasury Investments Division Plays Key Role in State Government Operations

By State Treasurer John M. Schroder One of the first things I noticed when traveling the state talking to people about the Treasurer’s Office is that many people across Louisiana weren’t exactly clear about the…

Improving Transparency Will Help Louisiana Get Its Financial House in Order

By State Treasurer John Schroder My background is in small business and real estate development, and I’m always amazed when people don’t sweat the small stuff when it comes to costs. I see it all…

Let’s Restore Faith in State Government

My swearing-in ceremony was December 5th, and I’ve officially been on the job for around a month now.  Being elected State Treasurer is an honor that I never imagined 10 years ago when I first…

Thank You for the Honor of Serving as Your State Treasurer

Thank You for the Honor of Serving as Your State Treasurer By State Treasurer Ron Henson Not much surprises me after 40 plus years in state government. When you’ve been in public service as long…

Annual Unclaimed Property Newspaper Publication Right Around Corner

Annual Unclaimed Property Newspaper Publication Right Around Corner By State Treasurer Ron Henson   If you’ve followed the work of the Treasury for any number of years you know that one of our favorite programs…

Establishing the Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Louisiana Education Quality Trust Fund is One of the Smartest Moves the State Ever Made

Over the past decade, higher education institutions have felt the sting of repeated budget cuts to the tune of $82 million in overall funding.  Louisiana’s universities and community colleges continue to take a beating when…

Why Hire a Finder to Locate Unclaimed Property When Treasury Provides This Service for Free?

For years you’ve heard about Louisiana’s Unclaimed Property Program and how the state works to reunite owners with their missing funds. One thing you may not have heard about the program is there are people…