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900 march against Governor's policies in Mt. Horeb, organizers say


MT. HOREB (WKOW) -- More than 900 people marched against the governor's budget policies Monday in Mt. Horeb, even though budget repair has been signed into law.

Protesters say the demonstrations are about gathering momentum for recall efforts, and rallying support against the governor's proposed two-year budget, which includes $900 million in cuts to state education aid.

"I think he's destroying public education," Doug McFarlane, a teacher from Verona, said of Governor Scott Walker.

"It's going to devastate our educational system, there's no way it can't," said Brian Austin, a police officer from Mt. Horeb.

Demonstrators marched from Mount Horeb High School at 5 p.m., down Main street, and back.

Some also voiced concerns about Senate Bill 22, which greatly expands charter schools by establishing an authorizing board and eliminating caps on funding. Board members would be selected by the governor, the senate majority leader, and the speaker of the assembly.

"The money for those schools comes right off the top of the general fund," said John Mutschler, head of the Mt. Horeb Education Association. "It comes right off the money that [public] schools get."

Several protesters said their main focus is on recall efforts. Eight senate Republicans and eight senate Democrats are the targets of recall, nearly half of the lawmakers in that body.

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