August 13 Ballot Questions

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?

Why Grassroots North Shore recommends voting NO on these proposals:

Ballotpedia provides critical information about why Grassroots North Shore is urging people to vote NO on these ballot questions. These sorts of proposed amendments don't belong in the constitution. They should appropriately be statutory. But the bills to enact these provisions into law are subject to a governor's veto while proposed constitutional amendments are not. Instead, they are subject to the veto of Wisconsin voters. So it is up to us to make sure that emergency funding from the federal government, for example, is NOT subject to lengthy budgetary processes.

The amendment received unanimous support from voting Republicans during both considerations of the amendment. State Rep. Robert Wittke (R-62) said, "Billions of federal dollars pour into our state in the last couple of years. These Supplemental Federal funds were important to our state’s economic wellbeing, but only Governor Evers made the determination for allocation of all that money without legislative consideration. AJR 6 would amend the Wisconsin Constitution by prohibiting the governor from allocating federal moneys without the approval of the legislature by joint resolution or by legislative rule, and it also provides that the legislature may not delegate its sole power to determine how moneys shall be appropriated."

Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments & Boards, Wisconsin Conservation Voters, and Wisconsin Public Health Association oppose the amendment. Jennifer Giegerich, government affairs director of Wisconsin Conservation Voters: "[The measure] would amend the Wisconsin Constitution to add another level of government process during times when we are most vulnerable and depend on efficiency and a smooth process to receive much needed support. Our current system of the governor and legislature working together to fashion a timely state budget, with known deadlines and a long deliberative process, is not effective when dealing with emergencies."