Opinion Columns

September Proclaimed College Savings Month

Louisiana recently joined 39 other states and the College Savings Plan Network to proclaim the month of September as College Savings Month. We do this each year to encourage families to prepare ahead of time…

Treasury Website Posts $11.4 Million in Unclaimed Income Tax Refunds

Tax time is finally over, and many Louisiana citizens are breathing a sigh of relief and making plans with this years refunds. If you receive a tax refund each year and have recently moved or…

State Agencies Should Use Lockboxes to Increase Efficiency, Accuracy of Deposits

Kennedy Says System Helps State Earn More Interest on Its MoneyBATON ROUGE, LA – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) are the newest state agencies…

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

Louisiana 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 we have translated our unclaimed property website into Cajun French…

START Program Provides Exemptions This Tax Season

Spring is right around the corner, and many of us have reluctantly begun collecting receipts, statements and other necessary paperwork for tax day. One of the bright spots in this preparation is being able to…

Tax Time is Perfect Time to Claim Old, Missing State Refunds

There seems to be two categories that most income tax payers fit into. Some individuals prepare their taxes way ahead of time and enjoy their refunds long before the deadline for filing approaches. Others wait…

Treasury Closes Out 2003 with Banner Performance

Fiscal Year 2002-2003 (FY 2003) was more than just another year for me. It marked the completion of my first term as Louisiana’s State Treasurer. We have accomplished a lot over the past four years,…

Working Families Are Missing Out on Earned Income Tax Credit

Louisiana families are working harder than ever, with many of them spending nights and weekends on the job instead of at Little League, Scouts or the PTA. Their incomes, however, are not keeping up with…

Current Mutual Fund Scandals Do Not Affect START Investments

State 529 Plan Has No Exposure to Mutual Fund Industry ProblemsBATON ROUGE, LA – Scandals now plaguing the mutual fund industry have not affected parents investments in Louisiana’s 529 Plan, also known as the START…

Teach to Serve Program Could Put Elected Officials in Our Classrooms

My colleagues and I in state government talk a lot about our public school system, and many of us make decisions that impact elementary and secondary education. But how many state officials have real time,…