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Posts From State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy

    KENNEDY: Louisiana Has A Spending Problem, Not A Revenue Problem

KENNEDY: Louisiana Has A Spending Problem, Not A Revenue Problem

Most 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.

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    KENNEDY: Don’t Make TOPS A Casualty

KENNEDY: Don’t Make TOPS A Casualty

Imagine 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.

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    KENNEDY: Give The Universities Those Rich Consulting Contracts

KENNEDY: Give The Universities Those Rich Consulting Contracts

LSU 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

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    KENNEDY: We’re About To Deplete The State’s Last Savings Account

KENNEDY: We’re About To Deplete The State’s Last Savings Account

You 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

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    KENNEDY: Higher Education Can And Must Be Saved

KENNEDY: Higher Education Can And Must Be Saved

If 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

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    KENNEDY: Don’t Mess With TOPS

KENNEDY: Don’t Mess With TOPS

The 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,

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KENNEDY: Let People Pray At LSU

  KENNEDY: Let People Pray At LSU

Fifty years ago, administrators at the University of California at Berkeley tried to curtail free speech on campus. They quickly

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KENNEDY: Search For Unclaimed Property

  KENNEDY: Search For Unclaimed Property

Our phones have been ringing off the hook since we published the names of people with Unclaimed Property in newspapers

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KENNEDY: Another Poster Child For Government Waste

  KENNEDY: Another Poster Child For Government Waste

As if we needed another example of government waste, a New Orleans nonprofit appears to be the poster child for

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KENNEDY: Louisiana Needs To Stop Its Deficit Spending

  KENNEDY: Louisiana Needs To Stop Its Deficit Spending

The evidence is overwhelming that Louisiana continues to spend more taxpayer money than it takes in. We have had six

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KENNEDY: Louisiana Is “Obamacaring” Its’ Employees’ Health Insurance

  KENNEDY: Louisiana Is “Obamacaring” Its’ Employees’ Health Insurance

The state of Louisiana has “Obamacared” its own employees’ health insurance plan.  Here’s how. One of the problems with the

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KENNEDY: Figuring Out The State Police Retirement Controversy

  KENNEDY: Figuring Out The State Police Retirement Controversy

Unless you just parachuted in from Mars, you’ve probably seen media reports about the retirement bill recently passed by the

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KENNEDY: Taxpayers Will Be Paying For Sex-Changes On Medicaid Soon

  KENNEDY: Taxpayers Will Be Paying For Sex-Changes On Medicaid Soon

On May 30, President Obama directed Medicare to begin paying for “gender reassignment surgery,” commonly known as sex change surgery,

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KENNEDY: Higher Education By Cutting Consultants

  KENNEDY: Higher Education By Cutting Consultants

After a four year struggle, the Louisiana Legislature has at last passed a bill to reform state spending on consultants

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KENNEDY: Both The Left And Right Should Fight Food Stamp Fraud

  KENNEDY: Both The Left And Right Should Fight Food Stamp Fraud

Here are three things on which Louisiana liberals and conservatives should be able to agree. First, Americans are among the

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KENNEDY: A Plan To Fund Higher Education

  KENNEDY: A Plan To Fund Higher Education

(Editor’s Note: we have a different take on this idea, which you can read here.) Louisiana’s colleges and universities need

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KENNEDY: If Not Higher Ed, Spend The Surplus On I-49

  KENNEDY: If Not Higher Ed, Spend The Surplus On I-49

Louisiana likely will have a surplus from last fiscal year. The state constitution prohibits us from using it for operating

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KENNEDY: A Solution To NGO Abuse

  KENNEDY: A Solution To NGO Abuse

Louisianians believe in walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Your actions should match your words. That’s not always

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KENNEDY: Louisiana’s Bondholders And Taxpayers Are Protected From Default

  KENNEDY: Louisiana’s Bondholders And Taxpayers Are Protected From Default

The federal government shutdown is now in its second week. Congress and the President also must make a decision on

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