Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine Chipping Away at Tradition: Constitutional Offices Past and Present

March 2015  •  Vol. 83 No. 3
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  • Summary
  • When Wisconsin became a state in 1848, the new constitution created six positions to be elected statewide: governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, and the superintendent of public instruction. As time passed, the duties and responsibilities of these offices have evolved and, in some cases, eroded. Some question whether or not all these offices need to be elected.

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