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Farewell letter

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My fellow Nebraskans,

Four years ago you granted me the extraordinary privilege to serve as your state treasurer. Throughout my term, I have been overwhelmed by the support and gratitude that Nebraskans have shown to me for this service. With that I have strived to honor the trust that you have placed in me and live up to the promises that I made to you while campaigning for this office.

First in those promises was to provide transparency and efficiency to state government. I initiated the creation of Nebraskaspending.gov, a searchable database of every aspect of state government spending, and started a daily reconciliation of the state's bank accounts. I partnered with county and local governments to join the state's banking contracts and initiated measures to receive and disperse the state's money electronically. With these efficiencies I was able to reduce my staff by 25% and my budget by a negative 11%.

As an elected official I have been given a lot of the credit for the accomplishments of my office. It is because of the outstanding public servants within the state treasurer's office, we have been able to accomplish so much. Without their drive and steadfast determination, we were able to turn the Nebraska State Treasurer's office into the most efficient State Treasurer's office in the nation. I am truly grateful for their service to our great state.

I believe that elected officials have the duty to fulfill the promises they make to voters, communicate their agenda and the principles that drive them in a transparent manner. During my term in office I have been guided by the principles that government should be small, efficient, and responsive to the demands of its citizens. The proof is in our accomplishments.

As I move forward into the next chapter in my life, thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your state treasurer. I have enjoyed my time in this office and getting to know the people of this great state.

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