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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

 2:28 PM 

State treasurer resolution gets green light

The Assembly has taken the next step toward eliminating the state treasurer’s office from the state constitution.

Rep. Michael Schraa’s proposed constitutional amendment passed the Assembly on a 63-33 bipartisan vote.

Backers of the Oshkosh Republican’s AJR 5 say it is a clear example of saving money for taxpayers by eliminating a position that has few constitutional duties anyway. Schraa today said the treasurer still is a member of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, a job that requires two 15-minute phone calls per month, he added.

Opponents, however, argued the proposed amendment is another example of Republicans dismantling democracy in the state.

For the amendment to go into effect, it still would have to clear the Senate this session and then pass the next legislative session before going to a statewide referendum. State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk was elected in fall 2014 after campaigning on a promise to try to eliminate the position.

A similar resolution last session passed the Assembly but failed in the Senate.

See the vote here.



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