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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Law provides: The commissioner is in charge of the financial affairs of the state and keeps the general books of account of the state. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 16A)
Commissioner: Tom Hanson 
Appointed: 2007  
Salary: $108,400

Maple Grove, MN. Concordia, B.A., history (1985); George Mason, J.D. (1993). U.S. Congress: staff assistant (1985–87), legislative analyst (1987–89), press secretary (1989–91); research assistant, American Petroleum Institute (1991); law clerk, law office of Deborah N. Arthur (1991–1992); law clerk, The Rust Consulting Group (1992–1994); research consultant, Minnesota House of Representatives, house minority caucus (1994–1995); director of legislative services, house minority caucus (1995–1998); legislative director to the speaker of the house (1999–2003);  director of legislative and cabinet affairs, Office of the Governor (2003–2005); deputy chief of staff, Office of the Governor (2005–2006).

Centennial Office Bldg., Suite 400, 658 Cedar St., St. Paul 55155
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Deputy Commissioner: Anne M. Barry
Assistant Commissioner, Budget Services: Jim Schowalter
Assistant Commissioner, Accounting and Information Services: Lori Mo
Assistant Commissioner, Treasury: Peter Sausen
State Economist, Economic Analysis: Thomas Stinson (on contract)

Budget Services Division develops the state’s biennial and capital budgets. Staff members monitor and analyze financial data within specific activities to ensure implementation of the budgets. It also manages statewide reporting of fees and reviews program polices, identifies alternative budget strategies, and makes recommendations to the legislature and the governor. 

Accounting and Information Services Division manages the state accounting system and includes the payroll services section, which issues salary warrants for the executive branch and judicial officers, and the financial reporting section, which publishes the state’s annual financial report. It assists agencies with internal controls and provides general accounting for the state. This division also manages the statewide administrative information systems, which provide systems and support for the state’s core business applications.
Treasury Division manages the state’s treasury operations, long-term general obligation debt, and short-term financing and establishes the state’s bank accounts located throughout the state.
Economic Analysis Division analyzes economic factors affecting the state’s revenue forecasts. It projects revenues the state can expect to receive and monitors the state’s revenue positions, develops financial forecasts, and provides economic analysis to other units of government.

Last updated: 6/1/2009 2:52:59 PM