Opinion Columns

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…

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…