Opinion Columns

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…

Treasury Auctions $13 Million in Certificates of Deposit Online

Treasury Auctions $13 Million in Certificates of Deposit OnlineState government needs to embrace technology in order to do a better job for taxpayers. Whether its something as simple as making interactive forms available on an…

Success of Teachers Home Buyer Program Can Lead to Expansion

Homeownership is one of the first steps an individual takes on the road to financial stability and independence. Buying a home is also one of the most satisfying things a person can do. A home…

Preserve Retirement Security

As time goes on, it is very likely we will hear more news about the challenges of funding the Social Security system. It is important that our national leaders find and implement real solutions to…

State Should Sell a Portion of Its Tobacco Settlement Now, Put All Money Into Trust

It was as if Louisiana hit the jackpot. A little over two years ago, the state settled a $4.4 billion lawsuit against four major U.S. cigarette companies. Youve probably heard lawmakers and the media refer…

It Is Never Too Early to START Saving for Your Child’s Education

As high school officially comes to a close for thousands of Louisiana seniors, students can put away their caps and gowns and prepare for a long, relaxing summer, right? Well, not exactly. Things just aren’t…

State Embarks on First Electronic Bond Sale

Technology is changing the way we do business in Louisiana. Computers and the Internet are helping companies across the state work smarter, faster and better than ever before. State agencies that take full advantage of…

Savings Program Should Be Part of Education Plan

The dream of sending a child to college is becoming a reality for more Louisiana families. Thanks to the Louisianas Tuition Opportunity Program for Students(TOPS), more of our state’s top students are taking advantage of…