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Lawmakers react to budget


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MADISON (WKOW) -- Assembly Democrats are calling Governor Walker's budget a "dead end" for Wisconsin families. Republicans, on the other hand, praised the plan saying it's the only way to get the state's economy back on track.

Assembly Democrats, teachers and union leaders are calling this a very sad day. They are angered and concerned about the direction Wisconsin is heading, but these cuts don't come as a surprise.

Republican Governor Scott Walker has been very clear about his plans to balance this budget. Still, it is one more thing splitting the two parties at a time they're divided more than ever.

As Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) made his way to the podium, he was met with cheers from Republicans and silence from Assembly Democrats. They stayed seated and did not cheer.

Rep. Peter Barca (D-Assembly Minority Leader) says, "It was a tough decision to come here today. My colleagues did not want to because protesters cannot."

Outside thousands of protesters not allowed in yelled chants of "recall Walker" loud enough to be heard inside the assembly chamber as the Governor released the details in his budget.

The details he released in the budget were not a surprise to Democrats, but they still reacted with outrage and anger especially over Walker's plans to put $5.7 billion toward transportation.

Rep. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) says, "He is choosing transportation over people, roads over the elderly, bridges over children."

Cuts to local government will mean cuts to local fire and police departments. Brian Austin of the Wisconsin Prof. Police Association says, "This will undoubtedly have an impact on police and fire. There is no way this budget won't impact quality and safety of community."

Republicans continue to stand behind Governor Walker calling his budget a good first step to creating jobs and getting the state back on track. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) says, "Everybody is going to be part of the solution. That is good. There are no favorites in this budget. It doesn't kick the can down to the future."

Democratic Representative Tamara Grigsby called Walker's budget an assault and Tuesday a very sad day for the working people. Rep. Grigsby (D-Milwaukee) says, "This is a continuation of the assault, this is waging a war."

Democrats promise to fight Walker's spending plan which still needs to got through the house and the senate. The Republicans, of course, have the majority in both. By rule, the bill is supposed to be finalized by July 1st.


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