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Posts From State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy

    KENNEDY: It’s Time To Stop Food Stamp Abuse

KENNEDY: It’s Time To Stop Food Stamp Abuse

Too many people in Louisiana are on food stamps. Every politician in Baton Rouge knows it, but few are willing to say it. Let me be clear. I’m not talking

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    KENNEDY: How To Stop Medicaid Fraud

KENNEDY: How To Stop Medicaid Fraud

Not long ago, employees at a Minnesota mental health agency blew the whistle on what they described as years of Medicaid fraud. Officials are still tallying up the damage, but

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    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

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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

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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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