Local Dems host state budget hearing in Eau Claire

(WEAU) - Lawmakers were in Eau Claire to talk about the state budget.

The hearing happened at Chippewa Valley Technical College. Democrats Dana Wachs, Chris Larson and Kathleen Vinehout were on hand for the public hearing.

They say since only four public hearings were scheduled by the legislature's budget committee, with none of them in the Chippewa Valley, they wanted to make sure people in this area had a chance to voice their opinion.

31st District Senator Kathleen Vinehout told us "I’m asked by my colleagues, what are the concerns of your constituents and these numbers get turned in to the priorities that are used to address the different pieces of the budget. So if people have concerns, they need to let their voice be heard."

The Republican Party of Wisconsin responded to the budget hearing in a statement. You can find it below.

[Madison, Wis.] – Republican Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Joe Fadness released the following statement in response to the Democrats’ partisan Budget Hearing in Eau Claire:

“While the Joint Committee on Finance has hosted public hearings across the state on the Governor’s proposed budget, the Democrats scheduled their own meetings that amount to nothing more than a partisan political gimmick.

“What the Democrats won’t tell you is that when they controlled state government, taxes and spending were through the roof and 150,000 jobs were lost during the last three years of the Doyle Administration. In stark contrast, Governor Walker is moving Wisconsin forward. He turned a $3.6 billion budget deficit into a surplus, improved our tax climate, and is giving job creators the tools needed to succeed and grow.

“This is clearly nothing more than a failed attempt to distort Governor's Walker agenda for moving Wisconsin forward.”

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