UNDATED (WSAU) – A pair of advisory referendums on highway funding both passed locally last night.
Voters in Marathon and Lincoln County both approved separate votes on preventing raiding of the state transportation fund. That's the money set aside each year through Department of Transportation funding that is supposed to go back to building and maintaining roads in Wisconsin. Governor Doyle notably raided that fund in a budget crunch a few years back to much consternation of Republicans and a number of unions and lobbying groups.
The advisory vote passed in Marathon County 68 to 31 percent and in Lincoln County 77 to 22 percent.
While these are both non-binding referendums, the state may take them into consideration as it starts to plan the next budget cycle in 2011.