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State Senate expect to approve amendment stopping raids on transportation funds

The interior of the Wisconsin State Senate.
The interior of the Wisconsin State Senate.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin lawmakers are expected to give their final approval Wednesday to a constitutional amendment that prevents the transportation fund from being raided for other things.

Both houses approved the measure in the last session, and the Assembly gave its second approval last week on an 82-13 vote.

If the Senate passes the amendment, it will go to the voters for final ratification in November of 2014.

Republicans proposed the measure after former Democratic Governor Jim Doyle used $1.3 billion in gas taxes and DOT user fees to prop up public schools and other programs.

Critics say the state’s other designated funds should be protected in the same way as the transportation fund. One Democrat says it’s “ridiculous” to prevent raids from one fund and not others.