A transportation advocacy group is urging Wisconsin voters to approve a November 4 state ballot initiative, the Wisconsin Transportation Fund Amendment, which would ensure that revenues from transportation fees and taxes would only be used for transportation purposes.
Approximately $1.5 billion in transportation revenues was diverted to the Wisconsin general fund to balance the state budget between 2000 and 2009. Transportation improvements were then supported by bond issues. In 2010, voters in 58 counties approved an advisory referendum to establish a transportation trust fund, prompting the state legislature to put the question on the upcoming November 4 statewide ballot.
Craig Thompson, executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin, has been striving to educate Wisconsin residents about the importance of passing the measure. Thompson has attended approximately 20 meetings with Chambers of Commerce and other local organizations throughout the state, with more planned in the next few weeks. With little opposition to the ballot measure, supporters have been focused on an in-person grassroots campaign to make voters and businesses aware of the proposed amendment, with plans to air radio and television announcements closer to the election.