Budget Committee Approves Staffing Cuts To Secretary Of State’s Office

Secretary La Follette Say Changes Amount To A 'Train Wreck'

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Wisconsin’s secretary of state would see continued cuts to his staff under a measure approved by the Legislature’s budget committee Wednesday.

Secretary Doug La Follette’s office would also be moved from an 11th-floor office on Madison’s Capitol square to a much smaller space in the basement of the Capitol building.

Speaking to reporters after the move, La Follette called the vote “nonsense.”

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“It strikes me they did nothing positive,” said La Follette. “Doing what the governor wants on the staffing issue and on the space issue is a train wreck. There’s no way the work can get done.”

Republicans on the committee also voted to end the longstanding requirement that the secretary of state publish new laws in the Wisconsin State Journal. Instead, the laws would be published online.