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Voters in 53 counties overwhelming support constitutional amendment

Yesterday's election results show that voters overwhelmingly favor amending the Wisconsin constitution to provide protection for the state's transportation fund.

Yesterday's election results show that voters overwhelmingly favor amending the Wisconsin constitution to provide protection for the state's transportation fund.

An advisory referendum was on the general election ballot in 53 counties and had previously passed by a three-to-one margin in the Racine County primary election. In yesterday's election, the referendum passed by margins that ranged from 61.5 percent in Trempealeau County to 85.1 percent in Dodge County, with an average in excess of 70 percent.

"We are not surprised by these results. They reflect what we have been hearing from people in every corner of the state for a long time," said Craig Thompson, executive director of the non-profit Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin. "Fifty-four county boards simply gave the people the opportunity to be heard on this issue, and they are sending a clear directive to the state legislature. They want transportation money to be used for transportation purposes and they believe amending the constitution is the best way to accomplish that."

Thompson's group is part of Finding Forward, a broad-based coalition that worked to get the referendum placed on the ballot in reaction to past transfers of more than $1.3 billion from the transportation fund to the general fund. Finding Forward's grass roots efforts are supported by a diverse group of partners including private businesses, organized labor, regional planning interests, county and municipal officials, agricultural and housing organizations, and more.

Governor-elect Walker has already pledged not to raid the fund and has gone further and stated his support for a constitutional amendment to ensure these raids never happen again.

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Yesterday the people spoke. Now, notes Thompson, it will be up to the state legislature to take action.

"Finding Forward will now turn its efforts toward passage of first consideration of the constitutional amendment", said Thompson. "People are tired of talk. They want action. Passing this legislation early in the session would demonstrate that this new legislature is there to do the people's business."

For more information, visit www.FindingForwardWisconsin.org .

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