Walker Supports Eliminating Treasurer if Voters Approve

MADISON (AP) – Governor Scott Walker says he supports eliminating Wisconsin’s all-but powerless state treasurer’s office if voters approve.

Republicans who control the Legislature have slowly eliminated the treasurer’s duties over the years, shifting them to other agencies. The position’s only remaining responsibility is serving on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.

Eliminating the office would take an amendment to the state constitution. Amendments must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum to become part of the document.

The Legislature passed an elimination amendment last session and will need to do it again this session before it can go to the voters. Walker told reporters Wednesday that if voters approve eliminating the office “totally makes sense” since it has no responsibilities.

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