Opinion Columns

Louisiana New Start Education Tax Credit Program Could Help Students in Troubled Schools

By State Treasurer John KennedyEvery Louisiana child deserves the right to a quality education, but 25,000 students in our state are not getting one. These students currently attend public schools that are deemed “academically unacceptable”…

Right-Sizing Louisiana Government Means Reducing Labor Costs

By State Treasurer John KennedyLouisiana ranks 1st in the South and 8th in the nation for the number of state employees per 10,000 population. Our state also faces a $3 billion to $4 billion budget…

Why Louisiana Needs a Single Board of Higher Education

By State Treasurer John KennedyAmerica has the best system of higher education in the history of civilization, and many of those schools are right here in Louisiana. Yet, our colleges and universities are being held…

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….