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Wisconsin’s state treasurer explains what job entails, establishing maternity policy

Wisconsin’s state treasurer explains what job entails, establishing maternity policy


OF NEXT WEEK. EDEN: A LITTLE BIT OF A ROLLER
COASTER. THE WISCONSIN STATE TREASURER
SERVES AS OUR STATE’S HEAD
BANKER. I’M JOINED NOW BY CURRENT STATE
TREASURER SARAH GODLEWSKI TO
LEARN A BIT MORE ABOUT HER
IMPORTANT JOB WITHIN OUR
GOVERNMENT. THANK YOU FOR MAKING TIME FOR
US. PREVIOUSLY YOU HAVE TALKED A LOT
ABOUT TRANSPARENCY AND BEING A
FISCAL WATCHDOG FOR TAXPAYERS. HOW DO YOU HOPE TO DO THAT WITH
THE STATE’S BUDGET PROCESS?>>IT HAS BEEN AN INTERESTING
TRANSITION. THERE ARE WIRES HANGING FROM THE
WALL IN THE OFFICE. THERE ARE PHONE CALLS THROUGHOUT
RETURNED AND THIS IS NOT WHAT
THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
SHOULD BE DOING. ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS WE DID
WAS PROVIDE TRANSPARENCY INTO
THE BUDGET PROCESS. IT IS A COMPLICATED PROCESS AS
FAR AS GETTING INFORMATION, WHO
IS ON FIRST WITH THE
LEGISLATURE, THAT WAS THE FIRST
STEP. WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON NOW IS
PROVIDING A TAXPAYER ANNUAL
SUPPORT — REPORT. HOW ARE WE SPENDING OUR MONEY? WHERE IS IT GOING? I WAS SHOCKED OUR STATE HAD
NEVER DONE SOMETHING LIKE THAT
BEFORE. EDEN: WHAT IS INTERESTING IS,
THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO THOUGHT THE
OFFICE OF THE TREASURER WAS
POINTLESS, THEY WANTED TO GET
RID OF IT. YOU WERE AN ADVOCATE TO KEEP IT. WHY WAS IT IMPORTANT TO YOU TO
KEEP IT? WHAT IS YOUR JOB ENTAIL?>>THE STATE TREASURER IS THE
STATE FINANCIAL OFFICER. YOU WOULD NEVER FIRE YOUR CHIEF
FINANCIAL OFFICER AND GIVE THE
RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE CEO. YOU NEED CHECKS AND BALANCES FOR
A REASON. THAT IS WHY WE FOUGHT SO HARD TO
KEEP THE OFFICE. PEOPLE VOTED TO KEEP IT AND NOW
WE DO THE JOB. WE ARE FOCUSED ON TAXPAYER
ACCOUNTABILITY, LOOKING AT THE
BUDGET, A TAXPAYER ANNUAL REPORT
AND WORKING ON ISSUES WITH
INVESTMENTS. THAT INVESTMENT FUND MONEY GOES
TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE PROVIDED OVER $36 MILLION TO
PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACROSS THE STATE. IT IS ALSO ABOUT ECONOMIC
SECURITY, LOOKING AT THE STUDENT
LOAN CRISIS. WE HAVE MORE OF THE WORST
STUDENT LOAN DEBTS IN THE
COUNTRY. RETIREMENT SECURITY. WE ARE BRINGING A FISCAL VOICE
THAT HAS BEEN MISSING FOR A LONG
TIME OF THE TABLE IN WISCONSIN
GOVERNMENT. EDEN: PEOPLE CAN SEE THE
PROGRESS YOU HAVE MADE ON THE
WEBSITE.>>IF YOU GO TO THE STATE
TREASURER WEBSITE, YOU CAN SEE
OUR PRIORITIES AND THE BUDGET
PROCESS. EDEN: PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW
THIS. YOU ARE EXPECTING,
CONGRATULATIONS.>>THANK YOU. IT IS MY FIRST TIME AND I AM
EXCITED TO BRING A SIXTH
GENERATION WISCONSINITE. IT IS OUR FIRST AND I AM LOOKING
FORWARD TO BRINGING IN A BOY OR
GIRL, IT WILL BE A SURPRISE. EDEN: BEFORE YOU, THERE WAS
NEVER ANYONE ELSE WHO WAS
PREGNANT AND OFFICE WHILE
SERVING. ARE YOU HELPING CULTIVATE A
MATERNITY PLAN?>>AS A FIRST-TIME MOM, I WAS
WANTING TO MAKE SURE I WAS READY
FOR EVERYTHING — YOU CAN NEVER
BE OVER PREPARED. I STARTED LOOKING INTO MATERNITY
POLICIES AND FOUND OUT THERE HAS
NEVER BEEN A CONSTITUTIONAL
OFFICER TO BE EXPECTING. FOR ME IT IS NOT ABOUT IF A
WOMAN IS EXPECTING, IT IS ABOUT
WHEN. WE ARE WORKING HARD TO ESTABLISH
POLICIES. WOMEN ARE FACING BALANCING WORK
ALL TH

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