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Wisconsin's state treasurer gives up trying to eliminate his office

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's state treasurer has given up trying to eliminate his office, as he promised to try and do when he ran for the job three years ago.

Kurt Schuller's chief deputy told Gannett Wisconsin Media he's focusing on his duties, and not on merging his and the Secretary of State's duties into other agencies.

Deputy Treasurer Scott Feldt said Schuller offered a constitutional amendment in the last legislative session, but majority Republicans chose not to take it up. The deputy said if there was a chance of disbanding the treasurer's office, it would have been in the last session.

Feldt said the treasurer has a lot of work to do – like the returning of unclaimed property to its rightful owners, so that's what they'll do.

Last fall, Schuller asked that four temporary project workers be made permanent. Assembly Republican Dean Kaufert of Neenah balked, saying it's a sign that Schuller's going back on what he promised to the voters in 2010.

Schuller says the four workers are already on the payroll, so it's not like he's adding anyone new.

Kaufert says the employees' status will be considered when the governor and lawmakers act on the next state budget later this year. 

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