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Lawmakers respond to budget plan

12:57 AM, Feb. 21, 2013  |  Comments
Amy Sue Vruwink
Amy Sue Vruwink
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What was the main point you took from Gov. Scott Walker's budget address that will directly affect your constituents?

"In poll after poll, the people of Wisconsin have said that they want to rebuild Wisconsin's education system and put people back to work. This budget doesn't reflect those priorities. Instead, the budget contains over $600 million in tax giveaways that primarily help wealthy special interests. There is next to no help for public schools, but the budget spends 20 percent more on underperforming private voucher schools in Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin. And the business community has said the budget doesn't do enough to turn around our flagging job growth. I'm concerned that the budget does not put the needs of middle class families first."

- 24th District state Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point

"While the Center for Dairy Research at Babcock Hall has always played an important role in our state's agricultural economy, I was hoping to see more initiatives that will help to directly grow our $59 billion agricultural economy. Scaling back on the Buy Local program and the Agriculture Diversification grant hurts agriculture where it counts most: small towns and rural areas."

- 70th Assembly Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink, D-Milladore

"Gov. Walker's decision to prioritize private voucher schools over public schools will most directly affect central Wisconsin families. Our public schools are still suffering from the devastating cuts in the last budget, and now the governor plans to ship $73 million of our money to unaccountable voucher schools hundreds of miles away. I am deeply concerned that Stevens Point area schools will be forced to make tough cuts to programs just to keep the lights on."

- 71st District Assembly Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
572 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
22%
850 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1011 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1268 votes

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