Opinion Columns

Treasury Makes Smart Decisions Today to Prepare for State’s Future

By State Treasurer John KennedyA day in the life of the average family will differ somewhat from one home to the next, but many components of the daily routine are the same. Day-to-day activities usually…

State Should Consider Securitizing Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Payments to Begin Restoring Coast Immediately

By State Treasurer John KennedyHurricanes Katrina and Rita showed Louisiana and the nation the devastation that can occur because of a shrinking coastline. As a result, Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation was able to pass meaningful legislation…

Louisiana Law Protects Buyers and Recipients of Gift Cards

By State Treasurer John KennedyIt seems like the holidays arrive earlier each year. Just as we are tossing out the jack-o-lanterns, were putting up the Christmas lights. For some, the thrill of the holiday season…

Local Governments Can Use Certain Money Market Mutual Funds for Sweep Accounts

By State Treasurer John KennedyAt the close of business on any given day, a local governmental agency, higher education institution, municipality or political subdivision of the state will often have leftover funds in several accounts….

Treasurys Unclaimed Property Program A $303 Million Jackpot for Louisiana Citizens

By State Treasurer John KennedyHave you ever met anyone who has won the lottery? Judging by televisions standards, it happens all the time. The main character on My Name is Earl scratched off a lottery…

GO Zone Tax Credit Bonds Offer Financial Solution for Hurricane-Impacted Areas

By State Treasurer John KennedyAs if the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were not enough to deal with, local governments in hurricane-impacted areas face another problem. These governments have approximately $8 billion…

The Completion of I-49 Should Remain a Top Priority for Louisiana

By State Treasurer John KennedyNever before has Louisiana or any other state in our nation experienced natural disasters of the magnitude of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Every part of Louisiana was impacted in some way….

Divided Vote Referendum Gives Public Employees Option to Pay Medicare

By State Treasurer John KennedyThe rising cost of health care is something all Louisiana citizens are concerned about, especially those who are nearing retirement age and facing life on a fixed income. In a perfect…

New Law Offers Rebuilding Opportunities But Caution Is Needed When Entering Financial Market

By State Treasurer John KennedyA new year brings with it the opportunity for a new beginning, and no state needs a fresh start more than Louisiana. We now have a chance to bolster the rebuilding…

Louisiana Education Quality Trust Fund Continues Successes in 2005

By State Treasurer John KennedySigns of rebuilding and recovery are evident throughout the state, and one area that will require our continued focus in the next coming months and years is education. Many of our…