A Wisconsin Assembly committee is scheduled to vote today (Wednesday) on dropping the State Treasurer's office.
A Senate panel voted 3-1 Tuesday for a constitutional amendment that passed both houses in the last session -- and needs the same approvals this session before going to the voters in a statewide referendum. In recent years, lawmakers rejected calls to eliminate the treasurer's and secretary of state's offices -- and instead, they virtually dropped all the duties of both and transferred them to other agencies. That's got current Treasurer Matt Adamczyk (uh dom'chick) conceding that his office is a waste of money -- but former Public Lands Commissioner Tia Nelson says it has worked "remarkably well for 170 years." Senate Democrat Kathleen Vinehout of Alma, who voted against the amendment, says eliminating the treasurer is a "grave mistake."