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|Treasurer John Kennedy outlines goals for state|
Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy returned "home" Thursday to speak to the Rotary Club of Ferriday.
"My uncle, Bill Calhoun, practiced medicine in Natchez and my mom, grandmother and grandfather grew up in Archie," Kennedy said. "We came up through this way for years and years. I did plenty of fly-fishing on Larto Lake and Catahoula Lake.
"I love Ferriday. You probably have more famous people here per square mile than anybody else in Louisiana."
Kennedy viewed the upcoming legislative session and the fact that the state has a new Legislature.
"This is going to be an important four years," Kennedy said.
Kennedy pointed our five goals he has for the next four years.
"We need to create 250,000 new, good jobs," he said. "We need to do it by lowering taxes, eliminating needless regulations and especially by concentrating on existing Louisiana businesses, particularly small businesses of 100 or fewer employees. Every state wants to land the big fish—the car plant or the software manufacturer—but we don't spend enough time or money helping the businesses already here."
Secondly, Kennedy said state government spending must be reduced.
"Since 2005, Louisiana state government spending has increased 32 percent," he said. "We have too many state employees, adjusted for population, compared to other southern states. Last year taxpayers paid for 900,000 visits to expensive emergency rooms for routine care. Remove the inefficiencies in state spending and invest the money saved in roads, universities and reduced taxes."
Thirdly, he said reforming teacher tenure and raising teacher pay also deserves attention, he said.
"Other than home environment, the single biggest factor in whether a child learns is teacher quality," he said. "I cannot name the first six presidents in order, but I can tell you my teachers from first through sixth grade.
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