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“It didn’t take long for me to realize that the number of people remember- ing to call in declined each week of the term. I knew there had to be a better way,” Milligan said. He began using an Internet-based system that notified potential jurors by sending them a text message, e-mail or phone call to their home or cell phone. “We took the burden of knowing when to come to court off individuals and put it on the circuit clerk’s office where it belongs. Te results were that more people were available for jury selec- tion,” Milligan said “Tis best result was that we were more respectful of people’s time. We were able to notify people not to come to the court house when a trial was cancelled or postponed.”


Tis had the benefit of saving money because the county did not have to pay jurors for coming in when a trial can- celed at the last minute. In Saline County, jurors are paid $25 per day for coming to the courthouse. Tey get paid even if the trial has fallen off the docket since the original notification. In 2012, Mil- ligan was one of 12 nominees for the prestigious G. Tomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation. Tis national award from the National Center for State Courts recognizes states, local courts, organiza- tions or individuals that have made sig- nificant improvements or innovations in jury procedures. Milligan didn’t win that award, but


term investments from an average of $3,000 per month to $182,036.97. In March, the returns increased to $237,186.


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he remains the only Arkansan nomi- nated to date. During the 89th Session of the Ar- kansas General Assembly, Milligan worked closely with legislators on Act 291 of 2013. He had previously ended the practice in Saline County of the circuit clerk being paid person- ally while acting as the commissioner for the court-ordered sale of real or personal property. Act 291 ended the practice state- wide, and the fee now goes into the county funds covering the operation


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der. Te only favoritism shown is to the hard working taxpayers of Arkan- sas who get the benefits of the best deal for the state,” Milligan said. Milligan already is posting more public records about the office’s opera- tion on the official state website, under the Inside the Vault section, than have previously been available online. On his first day in office, Milligan instituted a no gifts policy for himself and staff. Tis new policy prohibits the Treasurer and his staff from accepting gifts from anyone doing business with the office. In February — Milligan’s first full month in office, the office saw an in- crease in the returns on short-term in- vestments from an average of $3,000 per month to $182,036.97. In March, the returns increased to $237,186. Tis additional revenue is placed in


“Tis prevents favoritism to any bid-


of the circuit clerk offices. As Treasurer of State, Milligan con- tinues to bring his innovate spirit to that office. He pledged to restore hon- or and integrity and to regain the pub- lic’s trust in the office. Milligan currently is reviewing a


blind bidder program that will elimi- nate the possibility of favoritism in in- vesting state securities in the long-term portfolio. Pre-approved vendors seek- ing state investments will be notified electronically of the potential to bid for state investments. Bids will not have the name of the bank, broker or vender. Instead, each bidder will be assigned a number. Te bidder giving the best return, per the qualifications given, to the state will be awarded the investment. After the bid is awarded, the name of the bidder is revealed to the Treasurer and his staff.


n February — Milligan’s first full month in office, the office saw an increase in the returns on short-


the Securities Reserve Account, which assists in funding issues the people of Arkansas care about such as: highway funding, four-lane highway construc- tion, Game & Fish, the Secretary of State Help American Vote Act and other accounts. Additionally, the office launched a 75-county tour to promote the GIFT Arkansas 529 program, which pro- vides a tax deferred savings account for families to save for their children’s and grandchildren’s college education. Tose funds can be used in state or out of state at any four-year, two-year, technical or vocational education insti- tution. As a part of the tour, the office announced a 75-county drawing for one eligible individual per county to win a $529 GIFT Arkansas 529 account. During the 90th Session of the Ar- kansas General Assembly, the Treasurer of State’s office worked on se- curing supple- mental appro- priation of an additional $100 million in the County Sales and Use Tax redistribution for Fiscal Year 2015, secured an additional $100 million in the County


Sales and Use Tax redistribution for Fis- cal Year 2016 and secured an additional $100 million in the Amendment 74 Property Tax redistribution for Fiscal Year 2016.


allowing state employees to participate in payroll deduction into a 529 col- lege savings account, and assisted in legislation implementing the Federal Achieving a Better Life Program in the state allowing families with disabled individuals to set aside savings to care for the individual in a tax free account. Treasurer Milligan is looking for-


ward to continuing to work with all his county colleagues in his new role as well as serve the people of Arkansas.


volving a local redistribution question or issue, should call Rachel Graves in the Treasurer’s office at (501) 682-0002.


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