Opinion Columns

Joe’s Unclaimed Property Find

By John Kennedy, State Treasurer As state treasurer, I end up with countless dollars that flow into my office because businesses cannot locate people. I get stock dividends, uncashed checks, abandoned checking accounts and unredeemed…

Discipline in the Classroom

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerAt least three times a year, I clear my calendar and volunteer to substitute teach. I try to head back to the classroom on a regular basis-not because I need a…

State Obamacares Its Employees’ Health Insurance

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerThe state of Louisiana has “Obamacared” its own employees’ health insurance plan. Here’s how. One of the problems with the federal Affordable Care Act (called “Obamacare” by the President himself) is…

Figuring Out the State Police Retirement Controversy

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerUnless you just parachuted in from Mars, you’ve probably seen media reports about the retirement bill recently passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor (Act 859) that boosts the…

Taxpayers to Pay for Sex Change Surgery

By John Kennedy, State TreasurerOn May 30, President Obama directed Medicare to begin paying for “gender reassignment surgery,” commonly known as sex change surgery, which costs between $25,000 and $75,000 per patient depending upon the…

Helping Education by Cutting Consultants

By John Kennedy, State Treasurer After a four year struggle, the Louisiana Legislature has at last passed a bill to reform state spending on consultants and dedicate the savings to higher education. HB 142, by…

SB 603 Could Be State’s Best Shot at Recovering Unclaimed U.S. Savings Bonds

The federal government is sitting on $16.5 billion worth of unredeemed U.S. savings bonds that have matured, some of which no longer earn interest. Not surprisingly, the U.S. Treasury hasn’t been very proactive about returning…

Louisiana Needs A Med School In Lafayette

By John N. Kennedy, State TreasurerLouisiana needs another medical school. Lafayette would be an ideal location. Our state has a doctor shortage. A third of our people live in a federally-designated primary care shortage area….

Both Right and Left Should Fight Food Stamp Fraud

By John N. Kennedy, State Treasurer Here are three things on which Louisiana liberals and conservatives should be able to agree. First, Americans are among the most compassionate people in the world. If you lose…

A Plan to Fund Higher Education

By John N. Kennedy, State TreasurerLouisiana’s colleges and universities need money. There’s a way to help them without raising taxes or tuition: reduce spending on state government’s consulting contracts by 10% and dedicate the $528…