Opinion Columns

Legislative Session Could Provide Opportunity to Fund State Match for I-49

By State Treasurer John KennedyThe Regular Session of the Legislature began April 25, and there are many worthwhile programs that our senators and representatives will be considering over the next few months. In particular, there…

Social Security Reform Should Include Restored Benefits for Public Retirees

By State Treasurer John KennedyTurn on any talk radio station or television news program today, and chances are you will catch a discussion about Social Security. In fact, both President Bush and U.S. Treasury Secretary…

Social Security Reform Should Include Restored Benefits for Public Retirees

Kennedy Suggests Changing Law to End Reductions in Government Employee PensionsBATON ROUGE, LA – The Social Security debate taking place in Washington should include proposals that would restore certain benefits for government retirees and their…

Treasury Security Measures Protect Against Check Fraud

By State Treasurer John KennedyThe movie Catch Me if You Can is based on the life of Frank W. Abagnale, who as a young man had an uncanny ability to maneuver his way in and…

Louisiana Businesses Should Encourage Employees to Claim EITC

By State Treasurer John KennedySmall businesses and working families in our state have a lot more in common than one might think. They both know how to stretch a dollar, live on a budget and…

IRS Owes La. Citizens $850,000 in Undelivered Tax Refunds

December 31, 2004, marks the end of another tax year. Citizens will begin gathering their W-2s and other paperwork to prepare for tax time, and many of us are hoping to receive a refund this…

Treasury Celebrates State’s Diversity with New Cajun French and Spanish Website

Treasury Celebrates States Diversity with New Cajun French and Spanish WebsiteLouisiana is a diverse state with a unique mix of cultures and influences. The Treasury Department recognizes this, and to celebrate our state’s rich heritage…

LEQTF Report Highlights $64.7 Million in Funding for BESE and Board of Regents Projects

Since taking over as State Treasurer in 2000, Ive been talking about how the Louisiana Education Quality Trust Fund (LEQTF) is one of the biggest success stories in state government. As we finalized our fiscal…

Missing Money Website to Help Louisiana Increase Outreach Efforts

Chances are you have heard me talk about the State Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Program and our efforts to return lost money to Louisiana citizens. We’ve even had the privilege of giving back money to local…

Statewide Newspapers Publish Names of Citizens Owed $24 Million

Each autumn, the Treasury makes available the names of folks in Louisiana who have new unclaimed property waiting for them to claim. On September 30 and October 7 of this year, Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division…