Lawmaker accuses treasurer of expanding office

Treasurer asking to make temps permanent

Published On: Oct 08 2012 01:08:21 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

A Wisconsin lawmaker is accusing state Treasurer Kurt Schuller of reneging on a promise to abolish the office.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reported Rep. Dean Kaufert asked leaders of the Legislature's finance committee Monday to reject Schuller's request to make four temporary workers whose tenure expires next summer into permanent employees.  Kaufert said the move runs counter to Schuller's campaign promise to eliminate the office.

Schuller's office released a statement stating that making the positions permanent isn't an expansion. Schuller's spokeswoman said the employees were part of the office before Schuller took over and they are putting in close to 40-hour weeks.

The statement also noted Schuller drafted a constitutional amendment to abolish the office. That measure died in the state Senate during the last session.