Newsmakers: New State Treasurer Kurt Schuller
In one year, State Treasurer Kurt Schuller has made the unusual transition from restaurant manager to statewide public official. In his first Newsmakers interview on Jan. 4, the Republican vowed to serve only one four-year term as treasurer, saying he will work to abolish the position to save money and merge its function into existing state agencies. Schuller also said he believes the Impartial Justice Act, which will for the first time provide public grants to Supreme Court candidates in the April election, is unconstitutional and he hopes the state Justice Department joins pending cases aimed at voiding that law. As state treasurer, Schuller said he is uncomfortable having to manage the fund that will provide grants to Supreme Court candidates – a fund that has $100,000 in it, but potential liabilities of $900,000 or more.