Dems hear litany of state budget complaints

Joyce Lohr presents a recent article in The Record-Review about the impact of state budget cuts on the Marathon School District to Democrat lawmakers in Wausau Saturday. From left to right, they are Sen. Julie Lassa, Rep. Katrina Shankland and Rep. Gordon Hintz. Joyce Luedtke testifies at an unofficial state budget hearing Saturday in Wausau hosted by Democrat state legislators.   Marathon County Circuit Court Judge Mike Moran speaks to lawmakers about the need to adequately pay court reporters and translators.

“Mad as hell.”
That’s how two of the speakers at a listening session in Wausau on Saturday described their feelings toward Gov. Scott Walker’s proposals for the state’s next two-year budget.
“We are mad as hell, to put it bluntly, and I don’t usually use profanity,” said Joyce Luedtke, one of several speakers voicing concerns about cuts to public schools.
Though not an official session of the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, the hearing drew an audience of about 20 to 30 people to the UW-Marathon County campus for a chance to vent about the proposed budget.
Democrat Rep. Gordon Hintz of Oshkosh, one of the four minority party members on the JFC, hosted the hearing along with fellow Democrats Sen. Julie Lassa and Rep. Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point.

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