Do Wisconsin elections need to look more like those in Minnesota? Cleaner elections are the goal of a series of public hearings which were held by the Assembly Committee on Elections and Campaign Reform. And, suggests Jay Heck of Common Cause in Wisconsin, doing it right might result in a system of publicly financed elections similar to what exists in Minnesota.

Heck says it’s ironic, that Minnesota originally modeled its public finance system on Wisconsin’s. He testified at a public hearing in Franklin on Wednesday. Committee chair, Eau Claire Democrat Jeff Smith, has scheduled another hearing for today, in Eau Claire.

Public skepticism over cleaning up elections in Wisconsin is understandable, according to Heck, who testified at a public hearing held Wednesday in Franklin. The final hearing was Thursday in Eau Claire.

AUDIO: Bob Hague reports (:60 MP3)

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