Fight over state transportation fund takes a new turn

By Patrick Marley and Laurel Walker of the Journal Sentinel

A coalition of groups is pushing for advisory referendums this fall in counties statewide to urge lawmakers to change the state constitution and keep their hands off the transportation fund in response to $1.2 billion being drained from the account.

Waukesha County could be among the first counties to put a question on the November ballot asking voters if the Wisconsin Constitution should be amended to bar the state from using gas taxes to balance the state budget.

Supporters of the plan hope dozens of counties will hold and pass referendums this fall, which they say would inspire lawmakers to start changing the constitution.

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