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State treasurer says budget not way to end office

MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin state Treasurer Kurt Schuller promised voters he would work to abolish his own office. But now he says cutting the office's budget isn't the way to do it.

Gov. Scott Walker's spending plan calls for moving nearly all the office's responsibilities to other agencies. One would think Schuller would be all for it.

But Schuller says he's drafting a constitutional amendment to abolish the office. That measure would have to pass two legislative sessions and a statewide referendum before it could take effect.

Schuller says he wants voters to decide the fate of the office as it stood when he began his term in January. He says "gutting" the office's budget unfairly tilts the odds toward passing the amendment.

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