Opinion Columns

START Looking at Louisiana’s 529 Plan to Boost College Savings

When you think of funding for college, the first program that usually comes to mind is most likely TOPS, and understandably so. TOPS has been instrumental in giving Louisiana students access to higher education opportunities….

Legislative Session Brings Opportunity for Meaningful Budget Reform

This year marked the first time I attended the opening of a legislative session as Louisiana’s State Treasurer. As I looked around the House Chamber, I thought two things. First, I do not envy the…

Don’t Forget To Search For Unclaimed Property

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerAs hard as it is to believe, another Christmas is upon us. It’s a joyous time, but it’s also expensive – especially if you have kids. I’m not sure what a…

We Continue To Have A Spending Problem

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerIf your car breaks down every Monday, eventually you’re going to do one of two things. You’re going to get a new mechanic or a new car. Louisiana’s state budget is…

Do You Have Unclaimed Property? It’s Very Likely

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerIn her 96 years, Metairie native “Marjorie Summers” (not her real name) has lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the Kennedy assassination, Watergate and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Cars…

Flood Victims Need To Know About This Income Tax Deduction

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerBy now, you know the sobering statistics of the August flooding. You might even factor into those statistics because you lack flood insurance. Not even half of the homes in areas…

We Can Reduce Our Medicaid Costs

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerMalcolm Bird was a first-time father with a toddler whose pinky finger was bleeding. He rushed his young daughter to a Connecticut emergency room, where a doctor washed off the finger…

More State Government Contracts

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerLouisiana state government has at least 18,710 consultants on its payroll. I say “at least” because the sad fact is, according to the Legislative Auditor, the state doesn’t even know the…

Stop Food Stamp Abuse

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerToo many people in Louisiana are on food stamps. Every politician in Baton Rouge knows it, but few are willing to say it. Let me be clear. I’m not talking about…

How To Stop Medicaid Fraud

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerNot long ago, employees at a Minnesota mental health agency blew the whistle on what they described as years of Medicaid fraud. Officials are still tallying up the damage, but the…