Why is Senator Tim Mathern running for the Office of State Treasurer?

To lead the effort to prune back state government by closing the North Dakota Office of the Treasurer.  The tax payers save forever.  The legislature and citizens would be a partner in the process


Why close Office of the Treasurer:

  1. Save money and office space, over a million dollars now and every year in the future.
  2. We need to think long term; this change makes structural change to state government to save taxpayers money every year for ever.
  3. There are other pressing needs. Property taxes are too high and people are dying from lack of mental health care.
  4. Financial work is done by Office of Management and Budget, Tax Commissioner and Bank of North Dakota. We do not need four agencies doing this.

Why now:

  1. State budget cuts are a common discussion among citizens, candidates, and officeholders.
  2. Cuts made “across the board” weaken every department of government therefore less able to serve citizens well.
  3. Changes are needed in government; we can do this one right now. It’s proactive and reasonable.
  4. Citizens are practical. There are too many elected offices to intrigue citizens to bring candidates forward.
  5. With technology advances financial transactions are automated.

Change is part of our daily lives; we need to embrace it in government too.

  1. Change is gradual, but it does come and we can do it with planning, discussion and action.
  2. In farming the threshing machine has been replaced by combines, in communication phone booths have been replaced by cell phones and computers.
  3. In productive gardening we do pruning.


This initiative is about systemic change, not about personalities or traits of persons. To help with this change we need to spread the word that an experienced administrator (masters degree in public administration and 30 years in Senate) wants to reduce state spending and needs votes from Republicans, Democrats and Independents to get it done! If citizens want status quo government and unneeded tax spending, vote for the incumbent Kelly Schmidt. If they want pragmatic change, vote Mathern for Treasurer.