Wisconsin Transportation Facility Improvement Funding Amendment, Question 2 (April 1975)

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The Wisconsin Transportation Facility Improvement Funding Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 1, 1975 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated after being declared invalid by the court.

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]

Aftermath

The election for this amendment was ruled invalid by a the Dane County Circuit Court due to irregularities, and the amendment was ordered back on the ballot.[2] In 1976, the proposal was defeated.

Election results

Question 4
OverturnedotOverturned Case:Dane County Circuit Court 
ResultVotesPercentage
Yes 342,396 50.08%
No341,29149.92%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1975

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). 1 [as affected by the veterans housing amendment] 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...., except:
(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 ....[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 133 & JR 37 (1973)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 2 & JR 2 (1975)[2]

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