Opinion Columns

Treasurer: New Orleans Needs To Be Safe In Order To Financially Thrive

BATON ROUGE, LA – State Treasurer John Kennedy responded today to the ACLU’s criticism of his call for a stop-question-and-frisk program in New Orleans. “I don’t think the ACLU understands what I’m saying,” said Treasurer…

Louisiana Still Needs A Medical School In Lafayette

The looming physician shortage in Louisiana reminds me of the premise behind the 1990s television show “Northern Exposure.” “Northern Exposure” featured a young doctor duped into setting up practice in the wilds of Alaska. In…

Why We Need A Two-Thirds’ Vote On Tax Increases

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerThe Legislature just raised taxes by $400 million with a simple majority vote. The business community has filed a lawsuit contending that a two-thirds’ vote was required. If the business community…

The Problem Is Spending

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerMost Louisianians deeply mistrust government and think a large portion of every dollar government spends is wasted. The recently completed legislative session accomplished little to disabuse them of that notion. Sure,…

Governor Correct To Veto TOPS Legislation

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerImagine it’s your high school graduation day. You’ve worked hard, and your parents want to reward you. They tie a big bow around a car and hand you the keys. They…

Don’t Make TOPS A Casualty

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerImagine it’s your high school graduation day. You’ve worked hard, and your parents want to reward you. They tie a big bow around a car and hand you the keys. They…

Louisiana: A Consultants’ Paradise, Part 2

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerLSU system leaders are planning more layoffs. Their state funding has shriveled up. They’ve had to raise tuition, making college an unattainable dream for many would-be students. And Wall Street doesn’t…

We’re About To Deplete The State’s Last Savings Account

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerYou probably hear the words “tobacco settlement” and wonder what the heck that even means. Allow me to boil it down for you: It translates into hundreds of millions of dollars…

Higher Education Can and Must Be Saved

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerIf you look long enough at the cuts to our higher education budget, you begin to feel like Alice in Wonderland tumbling down that deep rabbit hole. You don’t know when…

Leave TOPS Alone

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerThe year was 1988. A successful New Orleans businessman named Patrick F. Taylor had a speech to give. His audience was 183 restless middle schoolers who weren’t college bound. Heck, many…