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State Senator Roger Roth holds town hall in Neenah

 

While the Wisconsin state budget and transportation funding are the top two priorities at the state capitol right now, Republican State Senator Roger Roth held a town hall, and no topics were off limits. 

"I'm here really to hear about any issue that's out there before the legislature and any issue people want to voice their opinions to me on, that's what tonight is all about," Senator Roth said.

About 30 people attended the town hall, and no topic was off limits. 

One constituent was a doctor who was concerned about a bill that would stop abortion training procedures to those studying medicine at UW hospitals. 

"I'm here to bring up the issue of Assembly Bill 206 with Senator Roth, currently in the legislature, that would severely restrict, actually prevent, abortion training done at any University of Wisconsin hospitals," Dr. Marley Kercher of Neenah explained. 

Another longtime Wisconsin resident listened in to the town hall, and was worried about the tens of millions of dollars Wisconsin owes Illinois because of a reciprocity agreement with income taxes. 

"My biggest question was, we're gonna end up supporting Illinois to the tune of $51 million because of their fiscal irresponsibility. 

While Senator Roth took questions, he also discussed the future of the state budget, including a new plan from some Republican state senators to overhaul the Wisconsin DOT. 

"You had a half a dozen senators come together and really work on transportation, and what they put out there, I'm very supportive of," Senator Roth said. "Most of that is already incorporated in what you're going to see us roll out next week but I'm supportive of everything they've been doing so far."

Roth also discussed the future of the state budget, which remains to be passed. 

"In the Senate we've put together an entire package going through everything joint finance has done, including transportation and education, and we're looking to bring that forward and make that public next week, Tuesday, in hopes that we can get this process started again," he explained.