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tobacco-settlementby Treasurer John Kennedy

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 dollars for legislators struggling to balance the state budget, and that's definitely not a good thing. Even worse, it means saddling our children and our grandchildren with a staggering $1.2 billion in debt.

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kennedyTreasurer John Kennedy has issued this statement in support of Louisiana legislation for the upcoming session:

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wgso-jeff-Louisiana elections, education, religious freedom and gay rights are in the air and on the airwaves.

Today, WGSO’s Jeff Crouere and Bayoubuzz’s Stephen Sabludowsky discussed the ongoing controversy ripping across the United States.

Who is right?  Are Christians targeting gays?  Are gays targeting Christians?  Are we going down a slippery slope that both sides of the debate will regret?

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kennedy-officeby Louisiana Treasurer, John Kennedy

Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy issued the following statement which he states will benefit the universities while removing funds that go to consultants and NGO: 

Legislation filed by state Rep. Lance Harris will benefit financially struggling public colleges and universities by steering more federal funds to them, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy. 

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Kennedy-interview2by Treasurer John Kennedy
The Division of Administration wants to circumvent state law and the competitive bid process by calling a meeting next week to hand pick financial advisers and other professionals for a $750 million transaction, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy. 
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As the Louisiana legislative session approaches with a $1.6B budget shortfall, State Treasurer John Kennedy urged the Division of Administration Wednesday to reconsider selling the remaining portion of the state's tobacco settlement.

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Louisiana-house-repsWith Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal's administration days away from releasing its plan to deal with an unbearable $1.6 budget shortfall, what is a state to do?

According to State Treasurer John Kennedy, don't cut higher ed any more.

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john kennedyWhile Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy has not declared which statewide office he might be seeking  this fall with statewide elections, he has a healthy war-chest, in hand.

Kennedy reported today that his campaign committee has raised over $4 million in the current election cycle for use in a future statewide campaign.

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Jindal-smileTVMore good and very bad news for Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and for the State of Louisiana. 

The good news: today, the S&P and Moody's affirmed Louisiana rating in general obligation bonds.

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Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy who is reportedly uncertain whether he will run for Louisiana Treasury, governor, Attorney General or US Senator issued this statement today in a form of a press release.

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