Madison– State Representative John Jagler (R-Watertown) voted today in favor of a constitutional amendment to protect Wisconsin’s transportation fund. The amendment will prevent money from being raided from the fund and used for another purpose.
“It’s a shame this wasn’t in place years ago when then-Governor Doyle raided the fund of over a billion dollars to pay for other things,” Jagler said. “Those budget gimmicks have put us in a tough spot when it comes to maintaining our infrastructure, which is vital to Wisconsin’s economy.”
The passage of the constitutional amendment is the final step before voters will decide on the matter in fall of 2014. A constitutional amendment must be passed twice by the legislature and then supported by a statewide referendum. Advisory referendums have passed in 54 of 72 counties with overwhelming support.
“The money we pay for the gas tax and license and registration fees should be used for transportation needs and nothing more,”Jagler said. “This amendment will ensure that and I am confident voters will agree. With a projected shortfall for transportation looming, it is vital we do what we can to protect that fund.”