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Republicans propose ban on fund raids

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A constitutional amendment that would prohibit the Wisconsin Legislature from raiding segregated state funds to pay other bills is being circulated by Republican lawmakers.

Before the constitution could be amended the Legislature would have to pass it twice, over at least a two-year span, and then the public would have to approve it.

The amendment is being circulated for co-sponsors by Rep. Gary Tauchen of Bonduel. He set a Friday deadline for lawmakers to sign on as co-sponsors.

Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans have been critical of fund raids in the past.

Former Gov. Jim Doyle transferred about $1.3 billion from the transportation fund to help pay for schools, aid to local governments and other needs across the state.

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