Group Representing Doctors Promises Lawsuit Over Fund Transfer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A group representing Wisconsin doctors says it will file a lawsuit as early as next week challenging a major part of the new state budget.

The Wisconsin Medical Society believes it is unconstitutional to transfer $200 million from a fund consisting of premiums paid by doctors and hospitals.

Governor Jim Doyle's spokesman Matt Canter says the transfer is legal because the Legislature created the fund and can change it.

The fund had $746 million in assets last year.

Doyle is scheduled to sign the budget into law Friday.

Attorney Tom Pyper says the lawsuit will be filed as soon as the bill is published, which likely will be early next week.

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