State Treasurer John Kennedy visited Natchitoches Rotary to discuss the legislative session.
“I think we’ll save money just in the sense that a lot of these consultants that are getting these ridiculous contracts won’t have the courage to go in front of the public to ask for the contract,” Kennedy said. “They’ll just slink away.”
The Senate voted 36-0 in favor of House Bill 30 by state Rep. Dee Richard. The legislation, which requires legislative approval for consulting contracts worth $40,000 or more, now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature. Savings generated by rejected contracts will benefit higher education.
Thank you Principal Burette, Ms. Vaughan, and students for letting me spend the day at your school. Have a great summer!
I’ve talked to a number of legislators. I think most of them would rather drink weed killer than do this.
This confirms my worst fears. Not only do we have too many contracts, but we're hiding from the public the number of consultants we're hiring. It's time to completely reform the way contracts are handled in state government.
There are 462 exemptions, exclusions, rebates and tax credits intended to stimulate industry and create jobs. Every one of these needs to be reviewed to make sure they are working.
State Treasurer John N. Kennedy has long been in favor of pruning the stat-deds, citing some that protect grants for specific filmmakers, funds to fight pet overpopulation and money for the board of massage therapists.
Millions of dollars of tax money spent on a system to improve your experience at the Office of Motor Vehicles, but to this day that system does not exist. The system was supposed to tell workers if there were flags or suspensions on licenses, and even whether or not the customer was about to write a hot check. State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson soon realized nothing was going to result from the ambitious system once planned. He began looking to exercise the state's "termination" clause in the contract.