Grossberg makes transparency key pitch in Democratic primary for state treasurer

04/04/2015 03:17 PM

Daniel Grossberg is staking much of his race for state Treasurer on Democratic primary voters concerns with accountability and transparency in government finances.

Grossberg, the president of the Louisville Young Democrats, says if elected he would seek to combine the Department of Revenue and the Department of Treasury into one entity, so there would be “only one tax collecting entity at the state level.”

Another tenant to the Grossberg accountability and transparency platform, he said is to purchase fraud detection software to keep an eye on the electronic checks the treasurer’s office issues each month.

In an effort to increase the transparency of state government Grossberg is also calling on using the office as the chief pie chart producer — turning state biennium budget into easily read graphs and charts.

“I feel that creating that level of transparency using modern technology would be the first step in combating the corruption, because at least it identifies where it is,” he said.

The treasurer also sits on several boards. One board all candidates identify is the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System board, which Grossberg said is close to his heart as his wife is a current teacher. (Hear his thoughts on bonding for KTRS starting at 5:40 in the interview)

Grossberg faces Louisville businessman Neville Blakemore, Rep. Jim Glenn of Owensboro, Rep. Rick Nelson of Middlesboro and former Democratic Rep. Richard Henderson of Mt. Sterling in the May 19 primary.

With so many candidates in the race, Grossberg says money plays less of a factor. What he is counting on is breaking down the Democratic electorate and speaking to each targeted demographic ahead of the primary election.

“Honestly, If I can gain 35 percent of the vote I’ll win this election quite handily,” Grossberg said.


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