A Message from State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski
To the people of Wisconsin,
As your State Treasurer, it is my great honor to represent you as Wisconsin’s chief financial officer. I serve as your fiscal watchdog, protecting and advancing the state’s investments, and finding innovative ways to create greater economic security for the people of Wisconsin.
My commitment is to fight for smart, bold policies that grow economic opportunity and financial security for every Wisconsin worker and family. We also provide greater transparency and accountability in the state’s finances. Also, my team and I are working to return thousands of dollars worth of unclaimed property to taxpayers every year.
The economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has made this work much more urgent as Wisconsin faces deepening financial challenges. 88% of Wisconsinites wish they had more saved for retirement, and nearly one million don’t have access to retirement savings through work. Homeownership, the foundation of the American Dream, remains out of reach for too many, and too challenging for those trying to hang on to it. And as a student loan borrower myself, I have seen firsthand how crippling student loan debt crushes family budgets. My office is working tirelessly to implement smart, innovative solutions to bring relief and support for Wisconsin families at their kitchen tables.
One way we do that is by making smart investments to strengthen our state. As chair of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and our school trust funds, I oversaw two record distributions to support public schools and stepped up to make a special disbursement of $5.25 million when COVID hit for technology to help students participate in distance learning during the pandemic. Through the State Trust Fund Loan program, we helped cities, counties, and towns across Wisconsin fund critical projects ranging from small business loan programs to snowplows. In fact, we financed over $165 million in local projects in Wisconsin's communities, as part of over $550 million in new portfolio investments, over the last biennium.
I'm working hard every day to serve you, and want to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with your questions and concerns.
Wisconsin State Treasurer