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Urgent Information about Ballot Questions 1 & 2 on the August 13 Ballot

Make sure you know what Assembly and Senate Districts you are in!

If a majority of Wisconsin voters approve the August Ballot Questions, the Constitution of Wisconsin will be amended.

Question 1: Delegation of appropriation power. Shall section 35 (1) of article IV of the constitution be created to provide that the legislature may not delegate its sole power to determine how moneys shall be appropriated?

Question 2: Allocation of federal moneys. Shall section 35 (2) of article IV of the constitution be created to prohibit the governor from allocating any federal moneys the governor accepts on behalf of the state without the approval of the legislature by joint resolution or as provided by legislative rule?

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Why Grassroots North Shore joins the Wisconsin "League of Women Voters to recommend voting NO on these proposals:

CURRENTLY Wisconsin state law Chapter 16, Section 54 of the Wisconsin Statutes authorizes the governor to accept and allocate federal funds. If ratified by the voters, these constitutional amendments would nullify the current statute and give the legislature the power to allocate any federal dollars that flow to the state. In addition, the Wisconsin Constitution will declare that the legislature has the "sole power to determine how moneys shall be appropriated."

Here's Why You Should VOTE NO on BOTH Ballot Questions

  1. These changes are not fixing a problem. The legislators already have a major say in how tax dollars are spent through the state budget-making process.
  2. Our tax dollars go toward federal funds that support our schools, infrastructure, parks, health care, renters, small businesses, public benefits and so much more. They provide relief to Wisconsinites in urgent times of crises, such as natural or economic disasters and public health emergencies. When Wisconsin gets federal funds, it’s our money coming back to us. The governor should be able to act quickly to get that money where it needs to go.
  3. These changes to our state constitution would add red tape and slow the government’s ability to respond to emergencies when we need help the most – harming our communities and Wisconsin families.
  4. It is easier for Wisconsin voters to hold the governor accountable for how federal funds are spent than the entire legislature. The governor is accountable to the whole state.

Other opponents of the Ballot Questions include:
          Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments & Boards
          Wisconsin Conservation Voters
          Wisconsin Public Health Association
          Wisconsin Education Association Council


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Located on the North Shore of suburban Milwaukee, including Ozaukee County, Grassroots North Shore (GRNS) is an all-volunteer, non-profit, political action committee dedicated to voter education and engagement for progressive issues and candidates. GRNS sponsors both issues forums (e.g., School Boards Under Attack) and candidate forums (e.g., the leading Democratic primary candidates for US Senate), and produces a weekly newsletter.

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