Group cites net gains to Wisconsin transportation fund, opposes constitutional amendment

The Cap Times
October 30, 2014

Between 2003 and 2009, there was a net loss of $454.7 million to the transportation fund. In budgets between 2009 and 2015, there was a net gain of $768.3 million.

The Wisconsin Budget Project used those figures to argue that the proposed amendment is unnecessary.

“Let’s keep in mind that circumstances change in unexpected ways, and the state often finds that it needs to move money from one pot of funding to another,” authors Jon Peacock and Tamarine Cornelius wrote. “The proposed constitutional amendment would put one state fund, and only one fund, permanently off limits — elevating transportation spending above all other purposes, regardless of the circumstances. That would unnecessarily restrict the options of future elected officials.”