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Local officials hold first Madison community meeting on state budget

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MADISON (WKOW) -- With the budget repair bill's legal status still in question, debate is shifting to the governor's two-year budget.

Democratic leaders from the city, county, state, and school board held a public hearing in Madison Wednesday on the biennium budget. Most of the program was set aside for public comment.

One of the speakers was teacher Joan Eggert of Madison. She says cuts to public schools are affecting her own kids.

"There have been 17 years of cuts in Madison already. My younger son is a freshman in high school. His education has been radically different than my oldest daughter's education."

Eggert says she likes Madison public schools, but is concerned they will suffer under Governor Scott Walker's budget.

According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the Madison School District will lose more than $22 million over two years.

Wednesday's hearing was organized by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, not the state. The state will have four official public hearings on the budget next month, all outside of Madison.

Representatives Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) say that's the lowest number of public hearings on a budget in the last 25 years.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and leaders from the Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison College, Dane County and the state legislature will hold a community meeting on Governor Walker's State Budget tonight at Madison Memorial High School.

The event runs from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

At the meeting, officials will talk about impacts of the budget on local government and schools. They will also take comment from the public.

Written comment, as well as video of the meeting will be sent to Governor Walker and the Joint Finance Committee leadership since no official state hearings will be held in or near Madison, a spokesperson for the Mayor says.

A representative for mayoral candidate Paul Soglin says the event is designed to rally support for the incumbent mayor seven days before the election. Soglin is also expected to attend.

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