Opinion Columns

Louisiana Law to Mandate Personal Financial Instruction for High School Students

Nearly 300 Teachers Already Training for New Financial CurriculumBATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana high schools will soon be preparing students for their financial futures by teaching them how to manage their money, use credit wisely,…

LouLease Making the Dream of Homeownership a Reality

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of walking into a new home for the first time. Home ownership is a dream that many Louisiana citizens reach for, but unfortunately, some are unable to attain it….

Unclaimed Property Could Provide Extra Cash for the Holidays

When did the holidays become so expensive? There are the parties, presents, and decorations not to mention the food. It’s hard to make ends meet as it is, and it can be even more difficult…

Partnership Turns Everyday Purchases Into College Savings Tools

Saving for college isn’t easy. Even though many of our state’s students qualify for the TOPS Program, that alone isn’t enough. To help with the increasing costs of higher education, Louisiana offers a 529 college…

Market Value of State Trust Funds Increases By $110 Million

Chances are you’ve seen or heard about the popular television show where people ask professional appraisers to price objects ranging from family heirlooms to garage sale finds. The most memorable moments of the show are…

A New Year Brings With It Reflection and Resolve

One of the goals I set out to accomplish during my first term as Treasurer was to take the State Treasury to places its never been before. In addition to investing money and balancing the…

Taxpayers Save Money When Local Governments Invest in LAMP

Public offices looking for ways to save taxpayers money should try investing in the Louisiana Asset Management Pool (LAMP). LAMP acts as a central deposit account where local officials pool their investments in order to…

LEQTF Report Highlights $57.2 Million in BESE and Board of Regents Projects

It’s been said you can’t really understand people until you walk a mile in their shoes. I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for our state’s educators, but I didn’t fully understand how extremely…

A Penny Saved Wisely is A Penny Earned: State’s General Fund Investments Are on the Right Track

Ask anyone what his or her first memory of saving money was and chances are it had something to do with dropping coins into a piggy bank. While no one doubts putting away loose change…

Louisiana Congressional Delegation Should Support Changes to Federal Social Security Law

What do you do for a living? Its a common question, and when individuals say they are public servants, they often get a common reply: Government jobs offer great benefits. Its true that a public…