Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session

Pending Legislation

SJR 63

Taxpayers Protection Amendment

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(Wood/Grothman) Creates a constitutional limitation on certain revenues for the state and local governments.

Referred to: Assembly Committee on Ways and Means & Senate Select Committee on Taxpayers Protection Amendment.

UW System Position

OPPOSE: The Board of Regents strongly opposes the enactment of any constitutional amendment that substitutes “government by referendum” for representative democracy in which there is accountability for individual decisions and discretion of elected legislative representatives. It is the responsibility of elected officials to exercise their individual judgment in making revenue and expenditure decisions, and in responding to unforeseen and emergency circumstances, and therefore it is an abrogation of their responsibility as elected representatives to support a constitutional amendment that would require statewide referendums for individual legislative matters.

The strategy of the University of Wisconsin System is to increase the number of baccalaureate degree holders in the state of Wisconsin, a strategy which is necessary in order to compete in the knowledge economy. This strategy will require an investment in the university after several biennia of deep budget cuts. A restriction of state revenue tied to a cost-of-living formula unrelated to many of the university’s most significant expenses will make this strategy unachievable, and will instead require significant tuition increases, dramatic cuts in financial aid for low and moderate income families, and enrollment caps. These results are not in the best interest of the citizens of Wisconsin.