Imagine a very large corporation with a $76 billion budget that doesn't have a comptroller or treasurer. That corporation is the state of Wisconsin, and we are within a whisker of not having an office to "watch the books" when citizens voted by a margin of 62-38 percent to keep the position.

Sarah Godlewski helped create the coalition to save the position, and now she is ready to be an aggressive state treasurer for the people. This is no small matter. While Republicans have wanted to disband the office − even her current opponent − she had made a clear commitment to:

  • Protect taxpayers by actually being the state's chief banker to keep track of the books.
  • Invest the $1.2 billion in trust fund account wisely that the office manages.
  • Advocate for taxpayers by watching for fraud, abuse and poor funds management.

Some of Wisconsin's biggest controversies, such as our poor highway conditions, the Foxconn corporate subsidy, prison expansion and limited public education support while expanding voucher schools have one thing in common: BIG money! In the case of FoxConn alone, we are talking about a $3 billion subsidy of between $219,000 and $587,000 per new job created.

I want a state treasurer willing to step up and show aggressive leadership no matter who is at the top. Sarah Godlewski is fully committed to a reinvigorated state treasurer position, and that is why I am voting for her. I urge you to do the same.

Douglas S. Lueck,

Tomah

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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