Wisconsin Transportation Fund Advisory Referendum (2010)
Path to the ballot
How an advisory referendum is placed
Any county board or municipal government in Wisconsin can qualify an advisory referendum to determine the will of its constituents. This is done by having the respective council or board approve a resolution calling for an advisory referendum.
Counties placing questions on November ballot
54 out of 72 counties in Wisconsin approved resolutions to qualify the advisory referendum on the ballot. 53 counties had the referendum qualified for the November 2, 2010 ballot, while Racine County qualified the measure for the September 14, 2010, statewide primary.
Text of measure
The official ballot question as follows:
Should the Wisconsin Constitution be amended to prohibit any further transfers or lapses from the segregated transportation fund?
A Yes vote for the referendum would advise the legislators to amend the Wisconsin Constitution to prohibit raids from the state's segregated transportation fund during a future session of the Legislature. Also, the measure would ensure that money in the transportation fund would be used for transportation purposes only.
A No vote would ask for lawmakers to not pursue changes on how money in the segregated transportation fund is spent.
September 14, 2010 statewide primary
Racine County, Wisconsin, which is located in the Milwaukee Metro Area, was the only county to qualify the advisory measure for the September 14, 2010, statewide primary. Voters in Racine County approved the measure by a 2 to 1 margin.
|Racine County Transportation Funding Measure-Advisory|
Source: Racine County Clerk.
NOTE: A total of 8,257 votes in the referendum were counted as either an over or under vote.
November 2, 2010 general election
Residents of 53 counties voted on the advisory referendum during the November 2, 2010 general election. The referendum was approved in all 53 counties. Each county's result is listed individually. The totals on the bottom of the chart include the numbers from the Racine County measure voted on September 14, 2010.
|TOTAL w/Racine County||710,159||287,976||9,673|
- Milwaukee County Executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker
- Milwaukee Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett.
- State Representative Mark Gottlieb
- Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.
- Finding Forward Coalition-A group of businesses, labor organizations, and other trade groups that are opposed to raids in transportation funding. Those coalition partners are:
* AAA - Wisconsin
* Aggregate Producers of Wisconsin (APW)
* American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin (ACEC)
* American Petroleum Institute (API)
* Construction Business Group (CBG)
* Dairy Business Association
* East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
* Forward Janesville, Inc.
* Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association
* Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce
* Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
* International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 139
* Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC)
* Midwest Food Processors Association (MWFPA)
* National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
* Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
* Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin (TDA)
* Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association (WAPA)
* Wisconsin Automobile & Truck Dealers Association (WATDA)
* Wisconsin Automotive Aftermarket Association (WAAA)
* Wisconsin Commercial Ports Association
* Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association
* Wisconsin County Highway Association (WCHA)
* Wisconsin Earth Movers Association (WEMA)
* Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA)
* Wisconsin Grocers Association (WGA)
* Wisconsin Housing Alliance
* Wisconsin Laborers' District Council
* Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC)
* Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association (WMCA)
* Wisconsin Petroleum Council
* Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (WPMCA)
* Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA)
* Wisconsin Retail Council (WRC)
* Wisconsin Towns Association (WTA)
* Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association (WTBA)
* Wisconsin Urban & Rural Transit Association (WURTA).
There has been no formal opposition group formed to oppose the referendum as of October 29, 2010.
Media editorial positions
- The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in its October 20, 2010 edition, gave a strong endorsement for passage of the transportation fund advisory referendum. Despite the state's largest newspaper acknowledged that the referendum did not qualify in all of Wisconsin's 72 counties, the Journal Sentinel felt that a yes vote would send a message to state lawmakers to qualify a binding constitutional amendment during the next legislative session.
- The Sheboygan Press supported the transportation fund advisory referendum. The newspaper's editorial board said that voter approval of the measure should send a message to state lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting segregated fund raids. The Press argued that stopping segregated fee raids is the first step in getting Wisconsin's state budget balanced.
- The Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) gave its endorsement of the referendum in a editorial column published on October 20, 2010. The editorial suggests that motorists who pay into the transportation fund should not be on the hook to fund other parts of the state budget. The State Journal cited that over $1.2 billion dollars was raided from the transportation fund in previous budgets and argued that voting yes would send a message to lawmakers to stop unauthorized raids in future budgets.
- The Appleton Post-Crescent opposed the transportation fund advisory referendum. The newspaper's editorial board argued that the referendum had little meaning because it was advisory. Also, the newspaper defended the need for a Governor to raid segregated fee funds by citing the transfer Governor Jim Doyle made in 2003 state to shift transportation fund money into the state budget for education purposes.
- Finding Forward Wisconsin Coalition (Supporters of the Advisory Referendum)
- Finding Forward Wisconsin-Facebook Page (Supporters)
- Finding Forward Wisconsin-Twitter Page (Supporters)
- Finding Forward Wisconsin-YouTube Channel (Supporters)
- ↑ 'Finding Forward Wisconsin "FAQ's"(See Why are counties considering placing an advisory referendum on the November ballot?)
- ↑ Finding Forward Wisconsin "Oneida and Langlade counties pass resolution", September 23, 2010
- ↑ Finding Forward Coalition "Front Page"(See Counties shaded in light blue have passed a resolution to include the referendum on their November ballots)
- ↑ WisPolitics "Finding Forward: Group releases FAQ on transportation fund referendum", October 11, 2010
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Finding Forward Wisconsin "Frequently Asked Questions"
- ↑ Racine Journal Times "County voters say transfer of state transportation funds should be unconstitutional, initial results say", September 15, 2010
- ↑ Racine County Clerk "2010 Fall Primary Election Results"(See Racine County Advisory Referendum to amend Wisconsin Constitution)
- ↑ Transportation Development Association "Transportation Development Association: Barrett and Walker endorse constitutional amendment to protect transportation funds", September 19, 2010
- ↑ State Rep. Mark Gottlieb "The Gottlieb Report", May 2010
- ↑ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Protect state transportation fund from further raids", October 18, 2010
- ↑ Finding Forward Coalition "Coalition Partners"
- ↑ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "EDITORIAL: Send message on raids", October 20, 2010
- ↑ Sheboygan Press "Editorial: Stop budget raids: Yes", October 29, 2010
- ↑ Wisconsin State Journal "Protect transportation dollars", October 20, 2010
- ↑ Post Crescent "Editorial: Vote no on fund transfer referendum", October 26, 2010