Two Reform Proposals Fail

By: Josh Farmer
By: Josh Farmer

Two major reform proposals died in the state legislature on Wednesday.

One would have completely overhauled Wisconsin's campaign finance law. The other was an effort to override Governor Doyle's veto of a proposed property tax freeze.

The Senate voted 20-13 against a bill offering changes to the campaign finance law. Opponents argued the bill would not do enough to restrict the influence of special interest groups. The state has not made any major changes to the campaign finance law in nearly three decades.

On the other side of the building, lawmakers were readdressing the Republican version of a property tax freeze. In the Assembly, a vote fell 59-39 in favor of overriding the governor's veto. The motion failed because it was seven votes short of the required two-thirds majority. Republicans said the bill would significantly decrease the burden on taxpayers. Democrats argued it would take money from public schools.

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