The happenings "inside" the Wisconsin State Treasury and across the street at the State Capitol

Archive for May, 2014

FAQ Edvest: How Can I View Edvest’s Performance?

Edvest performance for the 22 investment options is available online. Go to Investment Performance.


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Treasury Fun Fact of the Day: HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISCONSIN!!!!

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According to Wikipedia:  The history of Wisconsin encompasses the story not only of the people who have lived in Wisconsin since it became a state of the U.S., but also that of the Native American tribes who made their homeland in Wisconsin, the French and British colonists who were the first Europeans to live there, and the American settlers who lived in Wisconsin when it was a territory. Since its admission to the Union on May 29, 1848 as 30th state, Wisconsin has been ethnically heterogeneous, with Yankees being among the first to arrive from New York and New England. They dominated the state’s heavy industry, finance, politics and education. Large numbers of European immigrants followed them, including German Americans, mostly between 1850 and 1900, Scandinavians (the largest group being Norwegian Americans) and smaller groups of Belgian Americans, Dutch Americans, Swiss Americans, Finnish Americans, Irish Americans and others; in the 20th century, large numbers of Polish Americans and African Americans came, settling mainly in Milwaukee. Politically the state was predominantly Republican until recent years, when it became more evenly balanced. The state took a national leadership role in the Progressive Movement, under the aegis of Robert M. La Follette, Sr. and his family, who fought the old guard bitterly at the state and national levels. The “Wisconsin Idea” called for the use of the higher learning in modernizing government, and the state is notable for its strong network of state universities.


FAQ Unclaimed Property: What is Unclaimed Property?


Generally, any financial asset that has had no activity by its owner for a period of 1 year or more. This includes savings accounts, checking accounts, uncashed dividends, stocks, customer deposits or overpayments, certificates of deposit, credit balances, refunds, matured life insurance policies and uncashed death benefit checks. The law also requires that utility deposits, unclaimed wages and property resulting from business dissolutions be reported as unclaimed property after one year of inactivity. The Unclaimed Property Act does not include real estate.


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Wisconsin Saves Fun Tip: Get Grilling This Summer and Save!

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The Wisconsin Office of the State Treasurer proudly teams up with WWBIC (Wisconsin’s Womens Business Initiative Corporation) for “Wisconsin Saves.” This week, how you can become a saver courtesy of WWBIC.

Cook outside.Using the stove or baking in the oven can create a lot of excess heat that has nowhere to go except in your house. Consider taking meal plans to the barbecue grill outside so that you can keep your cool inside.




Treasurer’s Top 5: Outagamie County

Outagamie County Courthouse, Appleton

Outagamie County Courthouse, Appleton

This week, we travel to Outagamie County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

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Leroy H Johnson

Shirley R Kane

AAL Bank and Trust

Rebecca and Frances Applegate Beck

Brenda Winter

Memorial Day: A Message From the Treasurer

Memorial Day for many translates to a long weekend of picnics and kick off to the festival season in Wisconsin.  But for even more, including me, it is an opportunity to reflect upon the freedoms I enjoy in the wake of the sacrifices the men and women in the armed forces made for each and every one of us.  To simply say, I am grateful would never be enough.  There will never truly be any words to express the gratitude we should all feel for the ability to disagree with our government, to walk the streets without fear, to know when disaster strikes our armed forces are there to protect and serve.  I tip my hat today to all soldiers who lost their lives so I am allowed to live mine.  I strive to honor your memory each day through my service to the people of Wisconsin.  Thank you!

Treasurer Kurt Schuller

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Money Matters: Welcome to the Workforce (A Nod to Our Recent Graduates)

Welcome to the Workforce

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It’s time to roll up your sleeves and put that lifetime of education to work for you. Our friends at can tell you, finding the right job isn’t easy—it takes motivation to go after the industry or company you want, effort to ace the application and interview process and a bit of luck to land the job. Read on for tips, advice and tools that will help ensure a successful search.


Your school career center is an excellent place to start when looking for work. As a resource provided to students, the point of a career center is to find jobs that relate to specific fields of study. Check in with a career counselor for advice on resume building or to sign up for on-campus interviews. Recruiters often come to schools and universities looking for future prospects. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door of an otherwise out-of-reach company.

Headhunters and employment services can also be a good source for job leads. One of the major benefits of working with placement agencies is that they already have established relationships within the industries they service and know exactly who to put you in front of. The downside is that some may charge you a fee for their services or require a percentage of your pay from the company who has hired you.

Networking has become the new buzzword in professional circles—and for good reason. Many of the best jobs out there are never advertised. The key to landing them is a lucky combination of being in the right place at the right time and talking to the right person. Don’t be afraid to go to social events and advertise yourself or talk about your goals. Or share your plans with friends and family. You’ll be surprised how supportive people can be. After all, everyone has been there at one time or another. If they can’t immediately connect you with a job, they can often provide valuable advice on where to look and who the best contacts might be.

Know What You’re Looking For

Think about the big picture and not just the job you want now. Beyond earning a paycheck, what skills and experiences do you want to take away from your new job? Look to the next step of your career and think about which job will get you closer to that goal. Also, look at the associated benefits. A high-paying job with no benefits may not be as advantageous as a lower-paying position with a complete benefits package.

Consider cost of living and your expenses before you relocate for a job. Every city is different, so a starting salary in one area may not be enough to support you in a new location. Moving costs are another factor to take into consideration. If your prospective employer isn’t going to pay your moving costs, make sure the salary will make up for these costs in the long run, or that you have additional funds to cover the expenses.