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Murante promotes small business experience in run for State Treasurer

Murante promotes small business experience in run for State Treasurer
Nebraska Treasurer Candidate John Murante at KNEB studios May 9, 2018. (Strang/RRN/KNEB)

State Treasurer candidate John Murante says running his family’s pizza business gives him the tools needed to be a quality state treasurer.

Murante told KNEB News during a campaign stop Wednesday he’s proud of his service in the state legislature and the fact he is a small businessman who can bring corporate principles to government.

The Republican praised current State Treasurer Don Stenberg’s financial literacy program in the schools. But Murante says he wants to improve it and include organizations like the Nebraska Bankers Association in talks to students about the importance of setting a budget and saving money.

Murante also says he will evaluate the state’s NEST college education trust program when the current contract ends in 2020.

Murante’s opponent Taylor Royal contends the sate’s current funds have mediocre to poor ranking because too many fees are charged, that the administrative costs are too high and that the money is not invested up to industry standards.

Murante would not comment on Royal’s contentions but  told KNEB News his experience as a small businessman running his family restaurant business will assist him when the time comes in evaluating how well the program is doing.

Murante defended promoting his conservative principles on social issues, saying it is what the state’s residents want in their state officials.

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