Opinion Columns

Legislative Session Ends and Now Hard Work Must Begin

The legislative sessions are finally over.  At the end of the day, whether everyone agreed on how we got there, we do have a budget.  Higher education and other critical needs were spared from cuts,…

Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division Successfully Returns Millions This Month

By State Treasurer John M. Schroder I’ve hit the six-month mark serving as State Treasurer, and it’s been a privilege to jump in feet first to learn about all of the functions of the Treasury…

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…