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Lawmakers considering amendment for transportation funding


Madison (WQOW) - Lawmakers are again discussing a change to the state constitution to prevent funds set aside for transportation projects from being raided.

Last week, a resolution was introduced to amend Wisconsin's constitution creating a transportation department and fund.  The amendment would require all revenue gathered by the transportation system, like money collected from the gas tax and license renewals, to be used strictly for transportation projects.  In the past, the money has been used to pay for schools and other needs. 

Before the state's constitution can be amended, the legislature has to pass it twice and then the public has to approve it.  Lawmakers approved the measure in its previous session.  If it passes this session, the public would be asked to vote on the change in the 2014 fall election.

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