Opinion Columns

START Accounts Can Be Great Incentives for Employees

Its no secret that our nations corporate climate experienced some ups and downs this past year. We watched in disbelief as Enron collapsed, and thousands of its employees lost their retirement savings. We witnessed how…

Financial Strength of Retirement

In this season of budget woes, there is some good news for state legislators. They wont have to spend as much taxpayer money over the next three decades as originally projected to fund the state’s…

Big Tobacco is Too Big of a Risk

As your State Treasurer, I believe it is my responsibility to treat the state’s money your money as if I were caring for my very own. For that reason, I have been a leading advocate…

Teamwork Results in Savings

Good things happen when people work well together. Such was the case when the Department of Public Safety (DPS) decided to make a push for greater efficiency after a cash management audit by the State…

Businesses and Organizations Can Find Hidden Treasure in Louisiana

When Louisiana citizens forget to get utility deposits back, cash their final paychecks or collect stocks and dividends, the Louisiana Department of the Treasurys Unclaimed Property Division helps them claim their money. Did you know…

LAMP Sheds New Light on Public Investments

In the big game of investments, it is not always easy being the little guy. Lets face it, a lot of times large companies have more of an advantage than smaller ones. They can compete…

State Treasury Continues to Move Forward for Louisiana Citizens

Each year, the Louisiana Department of the Treasury collects information on state investments and department programs to see what kind of job it is doing for its customersLouisiana taxpayers. This year in particular, the results…

The Little Things Can Really Add Up to Benefit Taxpayers

History tells us that everyday citizens played a major role in the World War II war effort by doing little things to help out their country. Women painted on hosiery and donated their nylons. Families…

The Road to the State’s Tobacco Sale was Hard, but It Was Worth the Trip

For more than a year now, the Louisiana Department of the Treasury has been traveling down a path to what I hope will be one of the greatest success stories in our state’s history the…

School Districts Could Use Portion of Tobacco Sale Proceeds to Fund Early Childhood Education

The Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL), a non-partisan government watchdog group, recently met with news reporters to suggest steps the state could take to build a new economy. One thing CABL recommended was full…