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Posts From State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy

    KENNEDY: I’m Running For The Senate

KENNEDY: I’m Running For The Senate

I will be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2016. The reason is pretty simple: I want my country back. I’m scared we are losing it. My Dad

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    KENNEDY: Raising Taxes Is A Stupid Idea For Louisiana

KENNEDY: Raising Taxes Is A Stupid Idea For Louisiana

Winston Churchill said that “for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the

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    KENNEDY: Food Stamp Work Requirement Makes Sense

KENNEDY: Food Stamp Work Requirement Makes Sense

Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards is thinking about waiving the requirement that able-bodied adults without dependents get a job, receive job training or perform public service as a condition of receiving

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    KENNEDY: Medicaid Expansion Should Be On Louisiana’s Terms

KENNEDY: Medicaid Expansion Should Be On Louisiana’s Terms

It looks like Louisiana is about to add between 200,000 and 300,000 people to the Medicaid rolls, assuming Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards follows through on his campaign promise to join

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    KENNEDY: Why We Need A Two-Thirds’ Vote On Tax Increases

KENNEDY: Why We Need A Two-Thirds’ Vote On Tax Increases

The Legislature just raised taxes by $400 million with a simple majority vote. The business community has filed a lawsuit contending that a two-thirds’ vote was required. If the business

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    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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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