Opinion Columns

Lets 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…

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…

Deferred Comp Great Way for Public Employees to Supplement Retirement Savings

American workers are living and working longer and retiring at later ages. A national survey found that 25 percent of workers in the United States expect to stay on the job after they reach age…

LA ABLE Program Can Help Louisiana Families Save for Disability-Related Expenses

In 2014, a federal law amended Section 529 of the IRS code to allow states to offer tax-free savings accounts to individuals who pay disability-related expenses. The federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act…

START Looking at Louisiana’s 529 Plan to Boost College Savings

When you think of funding for college, the first program that usually comes to mind is most likely TOPS, and understandably so. TOPS has been instrumental in giving Louisiana students access to higher education opportunities….

Legislative Session Brings Opportunity for Meaningful Budget Reform

This year marked the first time I attended the opening of a legislative session as Louisiana’s State Treasurer. As I looked around the House Chamber, I thought two things. First, I do not envy the…

Don’t Forget To Search For Unclaimed Property

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerAs hard as it is to believe, another Christmas is upon us. It’s a joyous time, but it’s also expensive – especially if you have kids. I’m not sure what a…

We Continue To Have A Spending Problem

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerIf your car breaks down every Monday, eventually you’re going to do one of two things. You’re going to get a new mechanic or a new car. Louisiana’s state budget is…

Do You Have Unclaimed Property? It’s Very Likely

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerIn her 96 years, Metairie native “Marjorie Summers” (not her real name) has lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the Kennedy assassination, Watergate and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Cars…