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Sen. Howard Marklein Announces Budget Listening Sessions

Madison, WI – Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) announced a series of Budget Listening Sessions in seven of the counties he represents.
Friday, March 1 with Rep. Tony Kurtz, 50th Assembly District
9-10 a.m.                     Mauston City Hall Council Chambers
                                    303 Mansion St., Mauston, WI  53948
1-2 p.m.                       Reedsburg City Hall Council Chambers
                                    134 S. Locust Street, Reedsburg, WI  53959
Monday, March 4
10-11 a.m.                   Darlington Municipal Bldg. - Council Room
                                    627 Main St., Darlington, WI  53530
12:30–1:30 p.m.          Monroe Public Library – Upstairs Program Room
                                    925 16th Ave, Monroe, WI  53566
Monday, March 11 with Rep. Travis Tranel, 49th Assembly District
10:30-11:30 a.m.         Schreiner Memorial Library – Community Room Two
                                    113 West Elm St., Lancaster, WI  53813
2-3 p.m.                       Linden Municipal Building – “Senior Citizen Room”
                                    444 Jefferson St., Linden, WI  53553
Monday, March 18 with Rep. Tony Kurtz (50) & Rep. Travis Tranel (49)
10:30-11:30 a.m.         Brewer Public Library – “Story Time Room” in basement
                                    325 N. Central Ave., Richland Center
“I hold these Listening Sessions to dedicate time in your community to listen to you,” Marklein said. “Please consider joining me to share your ideas and feedback on the State Budget.”
The format for the Listening Sessions are designed for Sen. Marklein to receive input and ideas. The legislators do not usually discuss the ideas, challenge the ideas or otherwise comment because they seek to hear every point-of-view equally.  The goal is for every attendee to feel comfortable sharing their input.
Depending on the number of people who attend, Sen. Marklein’s team may set a time limit for each attendee to share their thoughts (2-3 minutes) so that everyone has a chance to speak. If there are only a few people, the session may be more casual.
Constituents are welcome to attend to listen to others and submit written ideas. As always, all constituents are invited to call, email or write to Sen. Marklein at any time to share thoughts, ideas and concerns.
Constituents with personal issues that are not related to the budget process, may meet with Sen. Marklein’s staff at the Listening Session.  However, those with more complex issues are invited to call or email Sen. Marklein’s team to discuss the issue privately.
In the case of inclement weather, please visit Sen. Marklein’s website, Facebook page or call the office to determine if the Session will be held.

Marklein represents the 17th Senate District, which includes all or parts Grant, Green, Iowa, Juneau, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties. Marklein serves on the legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee and is Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue & Financial Institutions.