Wisconsin Railroad Improvement Funding Amendment, Question 1 (April 1992)
The Wisconsin Railroad Improvement Funding Amendment, also known as the Railways and Other Railroad Facilities Question or the Railway Referendum, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 7, 1992 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.
This amendment changed Article VIII, Section 7(2)(a)1 and created Article VIII, Section 10(2)(e) of the Wisconsin Constitution, allowing for the state to start funding railroad improvement project with state money and bonds.
|Railways and Other Railroad Facilities|
Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1993-1994
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
"Railways and other railroad facilities. Shall section 7(2)(a)I of article VIII of the constitution be amended, and shall a new provision be created in section 10 of article VIII of the constitution, to permit the appropriation of state moneys for the acquisition, development, improvement or construction of railways and other railroad facilities, and to include state bonding for railways within the public purposes for which the state may issue bonds as authorized by law under existing constitutional limitations?"
(NOTE: Scored material would be added; stricken material would be deleted; italics show text created.)
Path to the ballot
- First Legislative Approval: SJR 76 & JR 52 (1989)
- Second Legislative Approval: SJR 30 & JR 9 (1991)
- Before the amendment passes, Wisconsin had a 144 year-old ban on state subsidies for railroad facilities, and was the only state in the midwest to constitutionally ban such funding.
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