New bill would help Louisiana collect outstanding debts

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new bill would help the state collect more of the money owed to it. The state is owed more than a billion dollars in form of uncollected fees, bills, taxes, etc.

"Right now, we've got one college going its own direction - one agency doing this and another agency doing nothing," said State Treasurer John Kennedy. "We're not collecting our money."

State Treasurer John Kennedy supports a bill that would work to centralize the collection efforts. One of the bill's co-authors, State Representative Chris Broadwater says the fix is simple.

"In a time where we are cutting higher education and cutting healthcare, looking at reforming our tax code, it just makes sense that we are being fiscally responsible with the money that's already been given to us- an asset that's already there," Broadwater said.

As it stands now, most state agencies are responsible for collecting what's owed to them. Kennedy points out that while one state agency might do a good job of helping people who need assistance- they might not be as good at being a collection agency.

To read more about the bill, click here.

HB No. 629: Establishes the office of debt recovery within the Dept. of Revenue which shall aid in the collection of delinquent debts on behalf of state agencies which do not have debt collection contracts with the attorney general's office.

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