In an effort to show its support for the proposed Wisconsin Statehood Centennial Half Dollar, the Wisconsin State Legislature passed a Joint Resolution intended to be presented to the US Congress and the President. To me, its tone seems a bit desperate with its claims of potential financial hardship if it doesn't get its coin. IMO, asking for more money because you can't otherwise afford something is never a good tactic - more should be based on merit, otherwise its essentially a handout. I think the Kentucky Legislature drafted a more impactful Resolution; read it here: What If? Kentucky Statehood Sesquicentennial Half Dollar
Following is the text of the Resolution of the Legislature of the State of Wisconsin that supported the Wisconsin Statehood Centennial coin bill and and encouraged Congress to pass it. Joint Resolution 61
A joint resolution requesting the Congress to pass, at the earliest possible moment, bill S. 126 or H. R. 1180 or any similar bill relating to the coinage of 50-cent pieces in commemoration o! the Wisconsin centennial celebration
Whereas Senator WILEY has introduced bill S. 126 and Congressman KEEFE bill H. R. 1180, each providing for the coinage of 500,000 silver 50-cent pieces commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the admission of Wisconsin into the Union as a State; and
Whereas the committee appointed by the Governor to carry out the anniversary observance has worked diligently and faithfully without remuneration to plan and execute a celebration appropriate to the occasion; and
Whereas it is the desire of the committee, in view of the pressing financial needs of many of our State institutions, especially those devoted to education and public welfare, to make the anniversary largely self-supporting by the sale of the commemorative coins; and
Whereas an added financial burden will unnecessarily be placed upon our State in providing for the celebration of its one hundredth anniversary if bill S. 126 or H. R. 1180 or any similar bill is not enacted into law: Now, therefore, be itResolved by the assembly (the Senate concurring),
That the Congress be respectfully requested to enact, at the earliest possible moment, bill S. 126 or H. R. 1180 or any similar bill; and be it furtherResolved
, That duly attested copies of this resolution be forwarded to the President of the United States, to the clerk of each House of the Congress and to each Member of the Congress from Wisconsin.
The Resolution did not sway President Truman!
For other of my posts about commemorative coins and medals, including more What If? stories, check out: Commems Collection.