Adamczyk: “We have an office right now that doesn’t have any duties left.”
March 29, 2018
[Madison, WI] — After running on the platform of eliminating the office, State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk is telling voters it’s time to vote “yes.” On Tuesday April 3rd, voters will have the opportunity to eliminate the state treasurer’s office and to cut government waste.
Check out coverage from Fox 11 here, or find excerpts below.
Fox 11 Investigates: Voters to decide fate of state treasurer’s office
March 28, 2018
Tucked away, deep inside the State Capitol, you’ll find one man on a quest to get rid of his own position.
“We have an office right now that doesn’t have any duties left. So, why would we keep it?” said Wisconsin State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk.
The Republican was elected state treasurer in 2014. His platform: Eliminate the state treasurer.
“I told people that this office is meaningless and that’s why I could’ve gotten in and not done anything at all. But I specifically got in to say I’m going to push this effort to eliminate it,” he told Fox 11 Investigates.
So, what does he do?
When asked about the duties of the office, Adamczyk replied, “The duties are mostly to serve on the board of commissioners of public lands.”
That’s right. He sits on one board. It meets twice a month, sometimes for as little as 15 minutes.
Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) supports getting rid of the treasurer’s office but says it’s about accountability, not control.
“I just think it’s one of those where most people don’t even know who the state treasurer is let alone how to hold them accountable. It’s better to say I’m going to hold the governor and the Legislature accountable for fiscal matters,” Walker said.
“It really is a relic of the past in my opinion,” said State Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh).
Schraa has led the effort to change the constitution. He says lawmakers are the check and balance on the governor not the treasurer.
“It’s really senseless to have the position now where he has no real authority or no decision making,” he said.
Read the full story here.