Opinion Columns

Louisiana: A Consultants’ Paradise

By State Treasurer John KennedyDid you ever wonder why taxes go up (think tuition and “user fees”) and yet our colleges and health care get cut every time the legislature meets? It’s not because the…

A Poster Child for Government Waste

By State Treasurer John KennedyDo you live in a home or apartment that costs $329 per square foot? Me neither. Thanks to your tax dollars, however, 112 New Orleanians will have the opportunity, with subsidized…

The Truth About State Job Costs

By State Treasurer John KennedyYou may have read or heard that Louisiana state government is spending less of your hard-earned taxpayer dollars because it has fewer employees. That’s not true. It is accurate that we…

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…