Republicans have introduced a constitutional amendment to prohibit the governor from increasing funding levels in bills that appropriate money. The move comes after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers used his partial veto powers last week to increase funding for K-12 schools by $65 million in the state budget.
Evers’ spokeswoman, Melissa Baldauff, said in an email that the amendment is a “temper tantrum” in response to Evers using his partial veto authority to bring the budget closer to want people wanted. She says Republicans are sore losers who want to change the rules whenever they don’t get their way.
Sen. Dave Craig (R-Big Bend who represents all of Franklin) and Rep. Mike Kuglitsch began circulating the amendment for co-sponsors Monday.
The key wording is that the amendment, if approved, would prohibit the governor from “increasing state expenditures for any purpose over that provided in the enrolled bill.” In other words, the governor couldn’t use his veto power to increase spending beyond what the state Legislature approved.
If that gets to a ballot, I’m voting to amend.
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson told the Journal Sentinel the amendment is necessary.