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Gov. Walker supports holding school referendum votes on normally scheduled election daysSubmitted: 12/02/2015
Gov. Walker supports holding school referendum votes on normally scheduled election days
Story By Kaitlyn Howe

WISCONSIN - A new bill under consideration in the state Legislature might place limits on the ability of school districts to fund themselves through referendums.

The bill would make schools wait two years to try to pass a referendum again if a previous attempt fails. It would also make districts hold referendum votes on normally scheduled election days.


We spoke with Gov. Scott Walker when he was in Iron County Tuesday. He said he supports holding referendums on normal election days.

"I think it's important that people have a chance on normally scheduled elections, when they anticipate a vote being taken on other issues, so that it's not something that the taxpayers are caught off guard on or surprised by," Walker says. 

Walker didn't say whether he would support making schools wait two years to try again if a referendum fails.

Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) is concerned about making districts wait.

"I have some concerns about having to hold off two years to run another referendum, and so I have some concerns at this point and would really like to see how this shakes out as we go along here," Tiffany says. 

The bill was introduced in October. Neither the Assembly nor the Senate have voted on it yet.


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