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Your Voice, Your Vote 2014: Referendums

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Your Voice, Your Vote 2014: Referendums

Statewide: State Transportation

“Creation of a transportation fund. Shall section 9 (2) of article IV and section 11 of article VIII of the constitution be created to require that revenues generated by use of the state transportation system be deposited into a transportation fund administered by a department of transportation for the exclusive purpose of funding Wisconsin's transportation systems and to prohibit any transfers or lapses from this fund?”

Explanation: A “yes” vote on this question would establish a department of transportation and a transportation fund in the state constitution. Funds in the transportation fund may not be lapsed, further transferred or used for any program that is not directly administered by the department of transportation. A “no” vote would mean the Department of Transportation continues to be a statutory agency. It would also mean that monies collected from motor vehicles, aircraft, and railroad fees and taxes could be appropriated by the Legislature for transportation systems or for other programs as determined by the Legislature.

Clark County: Voter ID Law

“Should the State of Wisconsin have a Voter Identification law that requires a voter to present a photo ID to verify the voter's identity in order to guarantee an honest outcome of elections?”

Lincoln County: BadgerCare

“Accepting Federal Medicaid Funds. Shall the Governor of the State of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Legislature accept federal funding for Medicaid/BadgerCare to cover eligible citizens up to 138% of the federal poverty level ($32,499 per year for a family of four)?"

Oneida County: BadgerCare

"Shall the next Legislature accept available federal funds for BadgerCare?"

Portage County: Minimum Wage

"Should the State of Wisconsin increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour?"

Portage County: BadgerCare

"Shall the next State Legislature accept all available federal funds for BadgerCare to ensure that thousands of Wisconsin citizens have access to quality and affordable health coverage?"

Wood County: BadgerCare

"Shall the next State Legislature accept available Federal funds for BadgerCare to ensure that thousands of Wisconsin citizens have access to quality and affordable health coverage?"

Wood County: Minimum Wage

"Shall the State Assembly and the State Senate pass, and the Governor sign, legislation setting the minimum wage in Wisconsin at $10.10/hour?"

Villiage of Weston: Bus

“Under state law, the increase in the levy of the Village of Weston for the tax to be imposed for the next fiscal year, 2015, is limited to 1.16%, which results in a levy of $4,641,264. Shall the Village of Weston be allowed to exceed this limit and increase the levy for the next fiscal year, 2015, and on an ongoing basis, by $60,000 per year, to pay for the cost of providing public transportation (which for 2015 equals an additional 1.308% for a total increase of 2.468% and results in a total levy of $4,701,264, which sum does not include other exemptions from the levy limit)?”

Explanation: Should the Village of Weston be allowed to increase the levy for 2015 and beyond to pay for public transportation.

Wausau: Campaign Contributions

“Shall the City of Wausau adopt resolution 14-0811, which reads as follows: “Whereas, the Supreme Court's decisions in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission and related case law allows unlimited political campaign spending to influence local, state, and federal elections; BE IT RESOLVED, that “We the People” of the City of Wausau, Wisconsin, call for reclaiming democracy from the expansion of corporate personhood rights and the corrupting influence of unregulated political contributions and spending. We stand with the Move to Amend campaign and communities across the country supporting passage of an amendment to the United States Constitution stating: 1. Only human beings - not corporations, limited liability companies, unions, nonprofit organizations, or similar associations - are endowed with constitutional rights; and 2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we hereby instruct our state and federal representatives to enact resolutions and legislation to advance this effort.”

Explanation: Do you support limiting a corporations right to contribute to political campaigns?

Loyal School District: Operational Expenses

“Shall the School District of Loyal, Clark County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $195,000 for the 2014-2015 school year for non-recurring purposes consisting of building maintenance, and by $395,000 for the 2015-16 school year through the 2018-2019 school year for non-recurring purposes consisting of school operational expenses?”

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