Opinion Columns

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…

Stop Deficit Spending

By John Kennedy, State Treasurer The evidence is overwhelming that Louisiana continues to spend more taxpayer money than it takes in. We have had six years of mid-year budget cuts out of the last seven….

Plain Talk On The OGB Health Plan Mess

By John Kennedy, State Treasurer Newly discovered information is drawing back the curtain on the real reasons for sweeping health plan changes that will impact 230,000 state workers, teachers and retirees. As someone who is…

Why I Invest In Israel Bonds

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerLast year, I urged Louisiana taxpayers to scour their mutual fund portfolios for high-risk Puerto Rico bonds. I didn’t want college educations and retirements relying on Puerto Rico’s shaky economy. You…