Allison Ball

The woman who oversees writing all state checks on two giant printers in her office says the state’s finances are in “serious condition.”

Talking with a reporter after giving the principal address at the June membership meeting of Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, Allison Ball did not sound gloomy. “We’re taking steps to solve the situation ... I cut my office budget by 4.5 percent,” she offered.

About the public pension crisis, Ball remarked: “We’re working on it.” Asked if unfunded liabilities totaling $36 billion in the Kentucky’s public pension systems are solvable, she described as “ ...very surprised ... optimistic,” the feelings about Gov. Matt Bevin’s and the General Assembly’s commitment to the pension systems.

  “My job is watching the state’s money,” Ball explained. “My favorite thing is saving taxpayers’ money. My second favorite thing is returning peoples’ property to them,” added Ball, noting Unclaimed Property is a division of the state treasurer’s office. “You can enter your name on the Unclaimed Property division website and find out if you have unclaimed property,” she noted.

  The 38th state treasurer in Kentucky, Ball wowed the chamber crowd with effusive enthusiasm. She walked off the podium, mingling at the front of the crowd with rapid-fire delivery; no notes, no pauses; without drawing breath.

 “Do you like your job as a much as it appears?” a reporter wondered.

“Yes, yes I do!” she gushed. Ball, at 34, the youngest woman to hold an elected statewide office in the nation, lauded chamber attendees as leaders of the community.

  “Good leaders know how to follow, good leaders appreciate and honor co-workers, good leaders have to be teachable; listen to people, and a good leader knows what he or she believes.

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