By Tim Kowols
Wisconsin joined the effort last week to call for the first constitutional convention in 230 years, but without the support of Rep. Joel Kitchens. Only seven Republicans voted against the measure, including Rep. Kitchens, which hopes to get enough other states together to force the convention to call for a balanced budget amendment. While he supports efforts to rein in federal spending, Rep. Kitchens does not think the convention route is the way to go.
As for the state budget, Rep. Kitchens hopes the Assembly and Senate can bridge the gap of its budget differences, especially in the areas of education and transportation.
The Wisconsin Legislature will be in Madison for most of June as it tries to pass a new budget before the start of the next fiscal year on July 1.