There are no greater responsibilities of Kentucky's elected banker than balancing the state checkbook and making certain that payments are timely.
During the past three state audits performed by Crit Luallen's office, the incumbent treasurer has been cited for repeatedly failing to balance the state checkbook. If I am elected, the books will be balanced and my office will be fiscally responsible with Kentucky tax dollars.
I will also end the current practice of hiring political precinct captains at the highest salaries allowed by law. This reflects poorly on all of state government. With thousands of Kentuckians looking for jobs, our government doesn't need to be paying folks twice for doing a day's work. Most of the current office employees are "double-dippers," and this practice will end.
Our treasurer also has important duties as a member of the State Investment Commission, Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System and Higher Education Assistance Authority. Over the past four years, state investments have lost billions and teachers' retirements have suffered through poor financial decision-making.
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As treasurer, I will be the independent, conservative voice on matters of financial consequence affecting Kentucky's investments and retirees. And, while our current treasurer has missed more than 90 percent of higher education meetings, I will be there trying to help Kentuckians find jobs and improve education.
As I have done as a Lexington council member, I will also push for greater transparency, sound budget decisions and to cut government waste. I would be honored to serve as your treasurer.