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State Assembly to give final approval to stopping transportation fund raiding


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Assembly is expected to give its final approval Tuesday afternoon to a constitutional amendment requiring that transportation fees be used for nothing else.

The measure would prohibit raids on the gas tax fund for things like public schools – something former Democratic Governor Jim Doyle did in the previous decade.

Both houses approved the ban in the last session, after Republicans took control. If they do the same this session, the amendment would go to the voters for final approval.

Doyle rankled GOP lawmakers when he diverted $1.3 million from the transportation fund to prop up schools and a host of other items.

The amendment would allow money from the gas tax, vehicle registration fees, driver licenses, and titles to be used only for programs run by the Transportation Department.