Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Current Proposal to Eliminate Wisconsin's Secretary of State and State Treasurer Leaves Board of Commissioners of Public Lands with One Current Officer

Whatever proposal finally works its way through the legislative process -- if it manages to survive this process -- is likely to require multiple questions to be posed to voters.  It's not going to be a simple, straightforward, up-or-down vote.

Legislative Reference Bureau

2 Republicans propose eliminating state treasurer, secretary of state. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/5/2013)

Rep. Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva) and Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh) are proposing a constitutional amendment to eliminate the two offices, which makes up two-thirds of the membership of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.

Board of public lands serves state well.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/4/2013)

Excerpt:    The three of us have a constitutional duty to carry on that mission. 

It is a responsibility we take very seriously. The Common School Fund continues to have a significant impact on education today because our forefathers had the vision to grow that fund through the addition of fines, fees and forfeitures that accrue to the state, including unclaimed property. School Trust Funds managed by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands now total more than $925 million.

Stay tuned.

No comments: