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Commentary by Jack Voight: State treasurer position should remain separate

Commentary by Jack Voight: State treasurer position should remain separate

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Wake up voters of Wisconsin. On April 3, you will decide whether to retain or eliminate the Office of State Treasurer and to replace the State Treasurer with the Lt. Governor as a member of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL). There are five important reasons to vote ‘no’ on this Constitutional referendum.

The framers of our state Constitution decided that the state treasurer should provide the fiscal checks and balances, separate and apart from the executive and legislative branches of state government. Since 2011, all financial state treasurer duties have been intentionally transferred to the executive branch (department heads appointed by the governor), except for the duties as a member of BCPL.

Wisconsin will become the only state not to have an elected fiscal watchdog or treasurer. Our independent fiscal voice will be eliminated.

All corporations, organizations and political campaigns must have a treasurer. The governor as Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of our state should not be the Chief Financial Officer, CFO, as well.

We need to replace the current officeholder and not eliminate the Office of State Treasurer. As state treasurer, I was both an advocate and critic on state financial decisions. The current state treasurer is not standing up for you.

Finally, no governor, politician or political party should be above our state constitution. Vote ‘no’ on this ill-conceived and dangerous state referendum.

Jack Voight served as Wisconsin state treasurer from 1995 to 2007.


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