The State Treasurer participates in the promotion of the state’s unclaimed property program administered by the Department of Revenue, and signs certain checks and other financial instruments. The Treasurer serves on the Board of Commissioners of the Bureau of Public Lands. The State Treasurer will earn an annual salary of $72,551 beginning January, 2019.
Travis Hartwig (Republican)
Sarah Godlewski (Democratic)
Andrew Zuelke (Constitution)
TRAVIS HARTWIG (Rep)
Oak Creek, WI 53154
SARAH GODLEWSKI (Dem)
1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. My priorities are to be the fiscal watchdog and provide the checks and balances our state needs. I will invest wisely in Wisconsin's future, and stop the financial exploitation of vulnerable populations including women, seniors, veterans, and communities of color. I co-founded a social impact investment firm, I've supported microfinance in rural India, and I have extensive experience working with companies, investors, government agencies and non-profits to improve performance and lower cost
2. The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) manages the state's remaining trust lands and trust funds primarily for the benefit of public school libraries. As a member of the BCPL, how will you effectively manage the lands and funds held in trust for Wisconsin's citizens? I would ensure these funds are effectively managed to benefit our entire state. It is important all public schools continue to receive millions for libraries and technology while municipalities continue to use this fund to finance economic development, infrastructure, and public safety projects. I would advocate for strong conservation practices that guarantee sustainable timber while preserving unique ecosystems. I would also work to increase public access to these lands for all Wisconsinites.
3. How will you ensure our state government is fiscally responsible? I have worked in business and finance my entire career, and I have significant experience in governance and oversight. As the state’s chief banker, I will ensure accountability and transparency by reviewing all current and future financial transactions involving taxpayer dollars. I will push to publish an annual report for the benefit of Wisconsinites outlining how our tax dollars are being spent and invested. I will also seek to return cash management responsibilities to the Treasurer’s office.
ANDREW ZUELKE (Con)
1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues.
1. Working with those in the legislature who supported keeping the office of State Treasurer to have duties restored like the Unclaimed Property Program, Local Government Investment Pool, and others.
2. Having the Budget Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day Fund) placed under the authority of the elected State Treasurer.
3. Being a fiscal watchdog.
As State Chairman of the ballot qualified Constitution Party WI, I have years of executive/leadership experience. Treasurer is an executive post.
2. The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) manages the state's remaining trust lands and trust funds primarily for the benefit of public school libraries. As a member of the BCPL, how will you effectively manage the lands and funds held in trust for Wisconsin's citizens? I believe that the BCPL should issue funds only for public uses, specifically public school libraries as is outlined in the state constitution. The focus should be kept on public school and municipal and public works funding/loans only, not any private purposes as these are public lands in trust.
Limiting BCPL to its original constitutional purpose of public school/municipal funding is the best way for the three board members to effectively manage the lands and funds and prevent overreach.
3. How will you ensure our state government is fiscally responsible?
1) I am a Constitutionalist, not a Democrat or Republican, so I will have no conflict of interest and can freely challenge both major parties without fear of retaliation within their parties or membership dismissal from their parties.
2) Being independent of both parties, if elected I will use this office as a bully pulpit, taking my call for restoring duties and adding duties directly to the people.
3) I will fight corporate welfare/crony capitalism. Public and private should be separate.