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Wisconsin Transportation Facility Improvement Funding Amendment, Question 2 (1976)

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The Wisconsin Transportation Facility Improvement Funding Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 2, 1976 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modify Article VIII, Section 7(2)(a) and 10 of the Wisconsin Constitution to broaden the authority under which state funds may be appropriated to improving transportation facilities.[1]

Election results

Question 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No935,15256.41%
Yes 722,658 43.59%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1977

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall article VIII, section 7(2)(a) and section 10, of the constitution be amended to broaden the existing authority under which state funds may be appropriated for highways, for airports and port facilities to apply, generally, to the development, improvement and construction of transportation facilities?"[1]

Constitutional changes

[Article VIII] Section 7(2)(a). The state may contract public debt and pledges to the payment thereof its full faith, credit and taxing power to acquire, construct, develop, extend, enlarge or improve land, waters, property, highways transportation facilities, buildings, equipment or facilities for public purposes.
Section 10.the state shall never contract any debt for works of internal improvements, or be a party in carrying on such works; but whenever, except:
(1) Whenever
grants of land or ot er property shall have been made to the state, especially dedicated by the grant to particular works of internal improvement, the state may carry on such particular works and shall devote thereto the avails of such grants, and may pledge or appropriate the revenues derived from such works in aid of their completion. Provided, that the
(2) The state may appropriate money in the treasury or to be thereafter raised by taxation moneys for the construction or improvement of public highways or the development, improvement and construction of airports or other aeronautical projects or transportation facilities.
(3) The state may appropriate moneys for the acquisition, improvement or construction of veterans' housing or the improvement of port facilities. Provided, that the
(4) The state may appropriate moneys for the purpose of acquiring, preserving and developing the forests of the state; but of. Of or the moneys appropriated under the authority of this section subsection in any one year an amount not to exceed two-tenths of one mill of the taxable property of the state as determined by the last preceding state assessment may be raised by a tax on property."[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 133 & JR 37 (1973)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 2 & JR 2 (1975)[2]
  • This amendment was originally placed on the ballot first in 1975. That version marginally lost after a recount. However, the election was ruled invalid by a the Dane County Circuit Court due to irregularities, and the amendment was ordered back on the ballot.[2]

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