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Our News section is your best source for the latest news updates from the State Treasurer's Office. For more information call Ashley Murdie at (785) 296-3538 .

October 3, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. Seventh and eighth grade students across Kansas are invited to showcase their writing and creative skills to win an education savings account in the 13th annual Learning Quest Back-to-School Contest. The Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program is designed to help families invest for their child's continued education after high school.

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September 25, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. State Treasurer Ron Estes announced today that the Kansas Cash booth had another successful year at the 2014 Kansas State Fair.

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September 16, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. State Treasurer Ron Estes today reminded businesses, organizations and government entities of the Nov. 1 deadline to report dormant financial assets and unclaimed items to the State Treasurer’s Office.

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September 2, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. State Treasurer Ron Estes is urging this year’s 2014 Kansas State Fair attendees to visit his unclaimed property booth to check if a portion of $295 million in missing money belongs to them.

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July 29, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. State Treasurer Ron Estes warns Kansans of suspicious postcards labeled as an “Unclaimed Property Notification.”

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June 18, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes is reminding members of the State Finance Council that their certificate of indebtedness should sustain the state throughout routine low-cash periods in fiscal year 2015. Due to lower state tax revenue receipts in April and May, a thorough evaluation of the certificate of indebtedness amount will be required.

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May 29, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes today announced the winner of the Learning Quest 529 College Savings Day Giveaway as Brenna Mercer from Emporia, Kan.

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May 7, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. The Kansas Legislature has passed State Treasurer Ron Estes’ proposed changes to state unclaimed property laws. House Bill 2687 now waits Governor Sam Brownback’s signature to become law.

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March 10, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes announced today that Kansas 529 Plans, which include the Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program, Learning Quest Advisor and the Schwab 529 College Savings Plan, recently surpassed $4 billion in assets under management.

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January 14, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. State Treasurer Ron Estes announced today the receipt of $861,908 from the U.S. Treasury as the result of a lawsuit filed by the state requesting payment for matured U.S. savings bonds found in unclaimed safe deposit boxes. The payment is historic as Kansas is the first state in the country to obtain ownership and compensation for U.S. savings bonds within its possession.

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January 9, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes will award eighth-grade Olpe Junior High student Kerina Heineken from Madison, Kan., a $1,000 prize for a Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program account at a school assembly January 10.

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November 14, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. Morningstar Inc., a firm known for its ratings of mutual funds, began trying to evaluate 529 college-savings plans 10 years ago. Since then, the company has attempted to revise their approach for rating higher education savings plans, but blatant inconsistencies continue to remain in its methodology.

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November 12, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes will award seventh grade Maize Middle School student Jordan Wontorski from Colwich, Kan., a $2,000 prize for a Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program account at a school assembly on November 13. She is one of four statewide winners for the 12th annual Learning Quest® Essay Contest.

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October 10, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. The Kansas State Treasurer’s Office and the Kansas Department of Health Environment (KDHE) have partnered to encourage early college savings among new parents.

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September 6, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. State Treasurer Ron Estes announced today that individuals who attend this year’s Kansas State Fair may come across hidden treasure by finding their names listed among thousands of unclaimed property listings.

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September 3, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. Seventh and eighth grade students across Kansas can showcase their writing skills and win an education savings account in the 12th annual Learning Quest Essay Contest. The Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program is Kansas’ state-sponsored 529 plan, designed to help families invest for their child's continued education after high school.

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July 19, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. The State Treasurer’s office announced today that Ashley Murdie has assumed the position of Director of Communications and Financial Literacy effective July 15, 2013.

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July 17, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas State Treasurer’s Office has announced lower fees for Learning Quest and new lower cost investment options for the Schwab 529 College Savings Plan.

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April 2, 2013

Topeka— State Treasurer Ron Estes announced the Shawnee County District Court awarded Kansas Treasurer’s Office title of approximately $880,000 in unclaimed matured U.S. savings bonds. These savings bonds are currently held by the Treasurer’s office as unclaimed property. The court also awarded the Treasurer title to unclaimed matured U.S. Savings Bonds issued to owners with a last known address in Kansas. The information on these bonds is held by the U.S. Treasury and the bonds are estimated to be worth $151 Million.

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March 20, 2013

Washington, D.C.— Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes had the opportunity to question various White House staff on the President's economic agenda. 

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March 13, 2013

Topeka--Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes has asked the Governor and Legislature to strive toward creating a tax plan and budget that will provide the highest possible ending cash balance in the state general fund. The importance of maintaining a healthy state general fund cash balance is pivotal to the continued operation of state and the disbursement of payments to local governments and schools, payroll, and vendors. .

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March 21, 2012

The Kansas Public Employee Retirement System (KPERS) has been a major topic of discussion for the last several years. As your State Treasurer, I am a member of the KPERS Board. The Board has a fiduciary responsibility to manage the assets for the benefits of the members, and not to make positions on the legal structure. But as State Treasurer (and a Tier 1 KPERS member), I encourage the Legislature and the Governor to pass some necessary changes this year.

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November 17, 2011

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes presented eighth grade Westridge Middle School student Bryan Ralphs with an award of  $1,000 towards a Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program account on November 16. He was one of four statewide winners of the 10th annual Learning Quest® Essay Contest.

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October 11, 2011

TOPEKA, Kan. — The importance of financial education to Kansas students cannot be overemphasized, especially as we continue to struggle with a weak economy.  Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes’ office will continue partnership with the South Central Chapter of the Kansas Credit Union Association on Thursday, October 13, to train middle school students at Truesdell Middle School, 2464 S Glenn Ave., Wichita, KS,  in dollars and sense during the day-long Money$mart Financial Management Camp.

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August 30, 2011

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes was elected Midwest Regional Vice President of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) at their annual conference this week in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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August 15, 2011

TOPEKA, Kan. — Seventh and eighth grade students across Kansas can showcase their creativity in the 10th annual Learning Quest Essay Contest.

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June 30, 2011

Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes announced today that the Treasurer's Office Unclaimed Property Division recently returned the single largest property in state history, returning $516,000 to a Kansan.

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May 18, 2011

Lawrence – State Treasurer Ron Estes returned over $4,000 in unclaimed property to Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) located in Lawrence. During the recent legislative session, two Haskell students interning for State Representative Ponka-We Victors of Wichita helped discover the money during a tour of the State Treasurer's office.

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May 12, 2011

Topeka – Fulfilling one of his major legislative priorities, the Kansas Legislature passed State Treasurer Ron Estes' plan to prevent elected officials from appearing in advertisements or public service announcements during election season. The bill now heads to Governor Sam Brownback for action.

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May 10, 2011

Topeka – To teach students about the importance of sound personal financial practices the office of Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes will be sponsoring a Money$mart Financial Management Camp Wednesday, May 11 at Prairie Hills Middle School in Hutchinson.

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April 25, 2011

Topeka – Treasurer Ron Estes announced U.S. Bank N.A. has been awarded the contract for banking services for the State of Kansas. The state's purchasing process involved staff from the Treasurer's Office, the Division of Accounts and Reports and the Division of Purchases and gave banks across the state the opportunity to compete for this contract. After a thorough review the decision was made that U.S. Bank provided the best service at a significant cost savings to the State. A combination of new features and technological capabilities will make the state more efficient in the way services are provided to Kansans.

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April 12, 2011

Topeka – With a focus on investment performance while attempting to reduce investor risk, Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes today announced an 11 member Learning Quest 529 Treasurer's Advisory Committee (529 TAC). The committee meets at the request of the Chairperson or Treasurer and members serve at the pleasure of the Treasurer without compensation. The committee will review and make non-binding recommendations to the Kansas State Treasurer on ways to enhance the 529 plan for the benefit of account owners, beneficiaries, and the citizens of Kansas.

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February 23, 2011

Topeka – Senate Bill 126 preventing elected officials from appearing in, having their photo, or their name appear in an advertisement or public service announcement 60 days prior to a primary or general election when their name appears on the ballot took a step closer to becoming state law today.

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February 15, 2011

Topeka – State Treasurer Ron Estes gave a presentation today to the students at Farley Elementary in Topeka to kick off the "Save @ School" program which teaches children about the benefits of saving by allowing them to open a savings account. Many people grow up without ever learning the fundamentals of money management. In an effort to help Kansas children understand the value of saving money State Treasurer Estes is sponsoring the "Save @ School" program to help teach financial education.

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February 11, 2011

Topeka – State Treasurer Ron Estes today applauded the work of the Kansas House Elections Committee and Senate Ethics and Elections Committees on the passing of HB 2157 and SB 126 for the full consideration of their respective bodies. Treasurer Estes testified in support of these limits in front of the committees this past week.

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February 10, 2011

Topeka – State Treasurer Ron Estes today testified in support of HB2157 in the House Government Efficiency Committee. HB2157 would disclose tax information to the State Treasurer's office for the purpose of locating unclaimed property owners.

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February 7, 2011

Topeka – State Treasurer Ron Estes today fulfilled a campaign promise by proposing to the legislature a ban on appearances by elected officials in public service announcements using state resources 60 days before an election.

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January 13, 2011

Topeka – Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes joined Governor Brownback at the Governor's Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church, 817 SW Harrison.

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January 10, 2011

Topeka – Ron Estes was sworn in today as the 39th Treasurer of the state of Kansas. Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss administered the oath in the chambers of Kansas House of Representatives in the State Capitol.

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