Enhancing Government Transparency
Kansans are smart. Every day, more Kansans are losing trust in government because they know when they are being lied to by career politicians. As state treasurer, Sara will bring an end to the secrecy of the Democrat Kelly-Rogers Administration and place a renewed focus on government transparency. People make the best decisions when they have more information, and Sara pledges to bring that to you in the State Treasurer’s Office and work to make the rest of state government more transparent as well.
Sara is committed to putting our government transparency at the fingertips of Kansans by launching the Kansas Checkbook program with the goal of serving as the most trusted resource for Kansans to obtain state financial information in real-time. As Kansas state treasurer, her goal is to provide Kansans with enhanced government transparency by providing real-time financial and transactional data by rolling out new efforts like the Kansas Checkbook that aim to increase government transparency and lower government spending and taxes.
Executive Leadership & Fiscal Management
Sara is an executive, CEO and proven leader — NOT a career politician. She believes the Office of State Treasurer is more than just an administrator and manager of money. The state treasurer should be a true executive with business acumen and real-world experience protecting taxpayers, balancing budgets, fostering innovation and solving real problems for Kansans. This is what Sara has done her entire career, using the skillset she first learned in Kansas public schools and honed playing college sports. She went on to serve in many leadership positions, including CEO of a multi-million dollar nonprofit. Sara always leads with integrity, transparency, purpose and passion.
As CEO of NDSS, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to people with Down syndrome, their families and caregivers, Weir oversaw the organization’s mission and vision by leading the day-to-day administration and operations, its fundraising and philanthropy department supported by a diversified $3+ million annual budget and a $12 million endowment fund, two strategic planning efforts and an overhaul of its nonprofit programming infrastructure during her tenure. Under Sara’s leadership, NDSS experienced significant revenue growth and went from a three-star to a four-star Charity Navigator (top category) nonprofit, which included a 100% transparency and accountability ranking.
Sara consistently defends our Constitutional principles and empowers Kansas families through sound conservative policies. She is a strong supporter of right to life issues — and recently endorsed former State Treasurer and now U.S. Rep. Ron Estes’ federal bill, the Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act, which honors the rights of individuals with Down syndrome by banning doctors from knowingly performing an abortion because a baby received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Sara also was the Kansans for Life keynote speaker at the 2019 annual banquet and was recognized for being an important international leader in taking on socialist countries like Iceland, which grossly celebrated the near eradication of individuals with Down syndrome via abortion. Sara has always been unafraid to speak up and hold politicians accountable.
Sara has also worked successfully on comprehensive tax reform, leading major reforms in President Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and has a long track record of working with the U.S. Treasury Department.
Sara believes in lifting up other conservative voices and encouraging more Republican women to run for public office at the federal, state and local levels. She serves as the co-chair of Maggie’s List for Kansas and chair of Kansans for Congressional Term Limits, a project of U.S. Term Limits.
529 College Savings/Kansas ABLE
Sara has worked directly with the 529 College Savings and ABLE Communities since 2006. She is a strong champion of hardworking Kansas families having opportunities to save for their childrens’ futures through both the Kansas 529 and Kansas ABLE Programs.
Sara’s proudest accomplishment to date is leading the effort behind the passage of the landmark, historical Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014 (P.L. 113-295), named after her dear friend Steve Beck, who had two daughters, one with Down syndrome, and wanted them both to be able to save equally for their futures. She is credited by federal and state lawmakers as well as state treasurers and 529 administrators across the country for her leadership on the National ABLE Program.
This federal tax law, passed in 2014, garnered the support of 381 of 435 U.S. representatives and 78 of 100 U.S. senators, making it one of the most substantial bipartisan laws in recent history. Subsequently, Sara oversaw the effort to enact 49 state ABLE laws and played a significant role in working to launch over 40 state ABLE 529 plans with state treasurers. The ABLE Act established tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities and is hailed as the most significant legislation for the disability community since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Sara has been a featured speaker and expert at the 529 conferences, National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) and other national forums promoting college and disability savings programs.
Sara wants to return unclaimed property to as many Kansans as possible. Kansans are busy, and the state should not sit by and force you to find your property. We must be proactive in returning more unclaimed properties to their rightful owners. Sara knows that unclaimed property is YOUR money and you deserve to have it back. Most unclaimed property consists of the following: cash from bank accounts, stocks, bonds and contents of safe-deposit boxes that have been abandoned, as well as uncollected insurance-policy proceeds, government refunds, utility deposits and wages from past jobs.
As state treasurer, Sara will build upon the recent work of former Treasurer Jake LaTurner and continue to innovate and make it easier for you to locate unclaimed property and return it to you quickly and safely.