Wisconsin Public Employee Retirement Benefits Amendment, Question 1 (April 1974)

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The Wisconsin Public Employee Retirement Benefits Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 2, 1974 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article IV, Section 26 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow the legislature to increase benefits to people already retired under the public retirement system.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 396,051 55.66%
No315,54544.34%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1975

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Shall section 26 of Article IV of the constitution be amended to permit the legislature to increase the pensions of persons who already have retired under any public retirement system (such retirement benefits already may be granted to teachers), and to require the state to provide sufficient state funds to cover the costs of the increased benefits to all persons retired under a public retirement fund?"[1]

Constitutional changes

(Article IV) Section 26. The legislature shall never grant any extra compensation to any public officer, agent, servant or contractor, grant any extra compensation to any public officer, agent, servant or contractor, after the services shall have been rendered or the contract entered into; nor shall the compensation of any public officer be increased or diminished during his term of office except that when any increase or decrease provided by the legislature in the compensation of the justices of the supreme court, or judges of the circuit court shall become effective as to any such justice or judge, it shall be effective from such date as to each of such justices or judges. This section shall not apply to increased benefits for teachers persons who have been or shall be granted benefits of any kind under a teachers' retirement system when such increased benefits are prov1 ed by a legislative act passed on a call of yeas and nays by a three·fourths vote of all the members elected to both houses of the legislature, which act shall provide for sufficient state funds to cover the costs of the increased benefits.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 3 & JR 12 (1971)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 15 & JR 15 (1973)[2]

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