Opinion Columns

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…

Consultant Spending Spree Continues in State Government

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerThe state Division of Administration just released its 2014 – 2015 Annual Report on Professional, Personal, Consulting and Social Services Contracts. A copy can be found here. According to the report…

Higher Taxes Could Hurt Economy

Winston Churchill said that “for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” It’s no secret that…

Food Stamp Work Requirement Makes Sense

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerGovernor-Elect John Bel Edwards is thinking about waiving the requirement that able-bodied adults without dependents get a job, receive job training or perform public service as a condition of receiving food…

Medicaid Expansion Should Be On Louisiana’s Terms

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerIt looks like Louisiana is about to add between 200,000 and 300,000 people to the Medicaid rolls, assuming Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards follows through on his campaign promise to join the…

Entire State Needs New Orleans To Be Safe

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerImagine going to a Mardi Gras parade with your family in New Orleans. You pick a good spot on St. Charles Avenue, unfold the lawn chairs and tell your kids to…