The foremost duty of any State Treasurer is to safeguard the state’s funds. As Treasurer, I would ensure that the state’s funds are placed with America’s soundest financial institutions, exercising state-of-the-art financial management practices. For those state funds that are invested, I would ensure they were placed in conservative, highly secure instruments. I would also ensure that the office’s cash management practices reflect appropriate safeguards and exact accounting.
As State Treasurer, I would have three priorities:
1. A CENTER OF SERVICE
The office would become a “center of service” to local governments. I am committed to visiting, listening to, and supporting every one of Colorado’s 64 county treasurers, and the thousands of municipal and special district finance directors across the state. The State Treasurer better serves Coloradans by effectively serving their local governments.
2. THE "GO-TO" FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT RESOURCE
Colorado’s Treasurer needs to be a more active resource for the Governor and state legislature. I intend to make the office the “go-to” expert on financial management and a source for creative, non-partisan solutions to Colorado’s most pressing fiscal issues. The large unfunded liability for Colorado Public Employee Retirement Association is one of those issues. We must honor the commitment made to the over 500,000 public teachers, firemen and policemen and others receiving benefits from PERA, while at the same time ensuring PERA’s the long-term solvency. As State Treasurer, I intend to be a constructive voice in bridging divides and solving problems.
3. RETURN OF UNCLAIMED PROPERTY
As State Treasurer, I intend to restore the office’s focus on promptly returning unclaimed properties to their rightful owners. I intend to correct inefficiencies that have resulted in unacceptable delays in processing claims and returning property.