State treasurer Kelly Mitchell speaks to the winners assembled for the 2016 Hoosier Women Artists competition at the Indiana Statehouse on March 29. FILE PHOTO

From: Kelly Mitchell

Indiana state treasurer


Does the Indiana treasurer of state collect your state income taxes? No, I do not. Although half of the phone calls to our office are about some sort of tax collection, we have to pass those calls on to the proper person.

But that brings up an important question: What does the treasurer of state do? In short, I am Indiana’s chief investment officer. I have the day-to-day management responsibility of Indiana’s investment portfolio, which ranges between $5 billion and $7 billion. In doing so, my constant goal is to make sound and safe investments that protect our assets and maximize yield.

Besides being our state’s chief investment officer, I also sit on 14 boards, four of which I chair. Those are the Indiana Bond Bank, the Indiana Education Savings Authority (better known as College Choice 529), the Indiana Able Authority (otherwise known as Investable Indiana) and the Indiana Wireless E911 Board. All of these boards keep me busy and give me the unique opportunity to reach individual Hoosiers with the services that these boards provide.

It is my honor to serve as the 55th treasurer of state. My office and I stand ready to assist in any way we can. Residents should never hesitate to reach out, even if they call about state income taxes. We’ll be happy to at least point people in the right direction.