Legislators meet with public to discuss budget plans
By Josette Daniels, WAOW-TV (Channel 9)
WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Three democratic legislators made a stop at University of Wisconsin Marathon County Saturday to talk about Governor Scott Walker's proposed budget plan.
Dozens of people came to the session to voice their opinions on the budget plan that would cut $300 million from the University of Wisconsin school system and impact several other government programs.
This was one of nine budget listening sessions that democrats are holding around the state.
"We hope to provide information to the public and encourage them to reach out to state legislatures, governor and members of the joint finance committee who will be able to craft the budget and make it better for Wisconsin. We sure hope to make changes to this budget and it's the members of the public, they have the power to help change it," said 71st District Representative Katrina Shankland (D).
Republican representatives are also holding public hearings.
"I'm not trying to throw rocks at anything. I think that's the biggest thing. I'd like to hear from people, again not throwing rocks at anything. Lets sit down and figure out what's best for citizens and what's best for Wisconsin," said 86th District Representative John Spiros (R).
Republican representatives say they will hold a hearing on Monday in Marshfield at the Pioneer Bank to talk to the public about the budget plan.