Opinion Columns

Plan B to End the Income Tax

I appreciate Gov. Jindal’s plan to end Louisiana’s personal and corporate income tax. Our state needs a tax code that looks like somebody designed it on purpose, and the Governor is correct, in my estimation,…

The Proposed Budget: A Fond Illusion

By State Treasurer John KennedyImagine, God forbid, that your boss just cut your salary by 25% because business is bad. Instead of reducing your spending or getting a second job, you elect to do the…

Why Our Public Officials Should Try Substitute Teaching

By State Treasurer John KennedyGovernor Jindal has made the improvement of our public schools the top priority of his second term. He has promised bold reform. Thank you, Governor. Constructive change requires understanding, however. How…

Why Our Public Officials Should Try Substitute Teaching

By State Treasurer John KennedyGovernor Jindal has made the improvement of our public schools the top priority of his second term. He has promised bold reform. Thank you, Governor. Constructive change requires understanding, however. How…

Education Reform: Past is Prologue

By State Treasurer John KennedyGovernor Jindal is right to try to fix our public schools. His proposal to put the best teacher in every classroom by changing the way we hire, fire, promote and pay…

The Challenge of I-49 South

By State Treasurer John KennedyLouisiana has hundreds of needed road projects, the most important of which is the completion of Interstate 49. I-49 North from Shreveport to the Arkansas line will be completed relatively soon….

Crime Doesn’t Pay

By State Treasurer John KennedyMost people don’t think of education when they think of prison. They think of punishment, lack of freedom and loss of rights. They think of the old adage that crime doesn’t…

Five Goals For The Next Four Years

By State Treasurer John KennedyLouisiana will shortly be electing a governor, other statewide officials and a new legislature. Here are five goals these new leaders should set for themselves, and for the state, for the…

How the Legislature Balanced the Budget

By State Treasurer John KennedyIn its recent session, the Louisiana Legislature faced a $1.6 billion budget deficit, primarily due to the loss of one-time federal “stimulus” dollars from the Obama Administration. (The deficit would have…

Louisiana Bondholders and Taxpayers Protected From Default

By State Treasurer John KennedyI’ve had a lot of folks lately ask me how the current debt crisis in Washington, D.C. will impact the state of Louisiana. My first thought when I’m asked this is…