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Wisconsin Assembly passes amendment ending transportation funds raids


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Assembly voted 82-to-13 this afternoon to prevent the state transportation fund from being raided for other things.

Former Democratic Governor Jim Doyle took one-point-three billion dollars from the gas tax fund when he was in office to prop up public schools and other programs.

Republicans put a stop to those raids when they took control of the Legislature just over two years ago

What the Assembly approved today was a constitutional amendment which both houses passed a year ago.

The Senate is expected to take it up later this month – and if it’s passed, the amendment would go to the voters for final approval in November of 2014.

Republican Keith Ripp of Lodi says the measure assures taxpayers that funds are spent the way they’re supposed to. But Sun Prairie Democrat Gary Hebl said it’s ridiculous to prevent raids from one fund and not others. He said it was like making roads a higher priority over health care and education.

Delafield Representative Chris Kapenga was the only Republican to vote no. He said other designated funds should have been protected in the same way as the transportation fund.