The State Senate gave final approval to a constitutional amendment that will now go before voters on a statewide referendum that proposes to safeguard the state’s transportation fund from future raids. The transportation fund, which is composed primarily of gas tax and vehicle registration fee revenues, is the funding source for transportation needs in Wisconsin.
Given the raids made by the previous administration of the transportation fund for other budget purposes, the State Legislature has proposed protecting the transportation fund in the state Constitution. The proposed amendment will safeguard the transportation fund by preventing future diversions of funds and ensuring that future revenues are used for transportation programs and projects.
In order to amend the state Constitution, a resolution must be passed by both houses of the legislature in two consecutive legislative sessions and then approved by voters in a statewide referendum. Since the resolution was approved by the State Assembly and State Senate last session and again this session, the question will be placed on the November 2014 statewide ballot.