Friday, April 28, 2006

Wisconsin Assembly approves gov't spending limits in all-night session

Members of the State Assembly battled each other into the wee hours of this morning to narrowly pass a constitutional amendment that would limit state spending. The measure, approved on a 50-48 vote was quickly drafted after earlier versions failed to go anywhere.

The approved measure limits state spending, but virtually removes caps on local government revenues. Still, many believe that it is the local governments which will ultimately feel the fallout from this measure.

The proposed amendment now goes to the state Senate, where its fate is uncertain. Any amendment to the state constitution must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum before it can become law. It could not appear on a ballot for voters' consideration sooner than April 2007.

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