Nebraska down ballot state executive elections, 2014
May 13, 2014
November 4, 2014
Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General
Treasurer, Auditor, Public Services Commissioner
Public Service Commission
Nebraska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. A blanket primary system is used for the nonpartisan legislature and some other statewide races while congressional primary elections are closed.
|Office||Incumbent||Assumed Office||Incumbent running?||General Election Candidates||2015 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
||2010||Yes|| Don Stenberg
|Auditor of Public Accounts||Mike Foley
||2007||No (Ran for Lieutenant Governor)|| Charlie Janssen
|Public Service Commission||Anne C. Boyle
||1996||No|| John Sieler
Some of the duties of the Nebraska Treasurer include:
- Responsible for receipting in all monies from state government from taxes to tuition.
- Responsible for returning money, stocks, bonds, dividends, utility deposits, vendor payments, gift certificates and insurance proceeds to the rightful owners.
- The State Treasurer is the trustee of the Nebraska College Savings Program, a nationally distributed 529 plan that helps parents and grandparents save for their children’s and grandchildren’s education.
- Responsible for the centralized receipting and disbursing of child support and related court-ordered payments.
- The Nebraska Long-Term Care Savings Plan: A Nebraska-based plan providing state tax deductions and tax-free withdrawals for expenses and insurance premiums depending upon age and circumstance.
- NebraskaSpending.gov: A website, maintained by the State Treasurer’s Office, that discloses how the State of Nebraska spends and receives funds.
The major duties of the office of the Auditor of Public Accounts include:
- Constitutional authority to audit all State fiscal activity
- Statutory requirement to:
- Conduct audits of all State agencies, officers, boards, bureaus, and commissions;
- Conduct annual audits of certain political subdivisions, educational service units, and federal funds by contract;
- Establish uniform accounting systems for county officers (except Lancaster, Douglas, and Sarpy counties);
- Establish uniform budgeting for all political subdivisions;
- Central filing for Nebraska school, municipal, and public bonds;
- Set audit standards for all auditors conducting audits for State agencies and political subdivisions;
- Provide audit guidelines for all auditors of political subdivisions;
- Review all audits conducted by auditors of political subdivisions;
- Conduct investigations of reports of alleged government waste, fraud, and mismanagement;
- Conduct performance audits of political subdivisions receiving more than $25,000 from the State during the audit year;
- Conduct performance audits of State agencies when expressly authorized by the Legislature; and
- Report to the Legislature any potential problems relating to the effectiveness, efficiency, or performance of State programs discovered in the course of conducting government audits.
Public Service Commission
Public service commissioners are responsible for regulating the following:
- Telecommunication carriers
- Natural gas jurisdictional utilities
- Mayor oil pipelines
- Railroad safety
- Household goods movers and passenger carriers
- Grain warehouses and dealers
- Construction of manufactured and modular homes and recreational vehicles
- High voltage electric transmission lines
- Private water company rates
The Commission also oversees and administers the following statutorily created funds:
- The Nebraska Universal Service Fund
- The Enhanced Wireless 911 Fund
- The Nebraska Telecommunications Relay System Fund
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Omaha World Herald, "Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg to run for 2nd term," December 4, 2013
- Nebraska Treasurer "Responsiblities" Accessed August 4, 2012
- Nebraska State Auditors "About Us" Accessed August 4, 2012
- Nebraska Public Service Commission, "Brief history of the commission," accessed December 22, 2012
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