Voters weigh transportation funding amendment

Amendment would block money transfers
Voters weigh transportation funding amendment

Wisconsin voters are deciding whether to change the state constitution to prevent transfers of money from the state transportation fund.

Beth Stiennon is a Madison office manager. She said she voted for the amendment because it’s just “common sense.”

But retired insurance claims agent Doug Szudy said he voted against it because lawmakers should have flexibility in deciding how to use the money.

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers proposed the amendment after the Legislature used $1.4 billion from the existing transportation fund to pay for schools and other expenses between 2003 and 2011. At the same time, the state borrowed $1.2 billion for transportation projects.