Opinion Columns

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…

Let People Pray at LSU

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerFifty years ago, administrators at the University of California at Berkeley tried to curtail free speech on campus. They quickly had a situation on their hands: Hundreds of protesters materialized, a…

Search For Unclaimed Property

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerOur phones have been ringing off the hook since we published the names of people with Unclaimed Property in newspapers across the state. The sound of those phones ringing is almost…

Another Poster Child For Government Waste

By John Kennedy, State Treasurer As if we needed another example of government waste, a New Orleans nonprofit appears to be the poster child for what can go wrong when an organization receives too little…