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3rd public hearing on state budget Thursday near Wisconsin Dells


WISCONSIN DELLS, WI (WTAQ) - Another public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday on the proposed Wisconsin state budget for the next two years.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee will hear a full day of testimony at the Kalahari Resort near Wisconsin Dells.

It’s the third of four official hearings on the $68 billion package.

At the first two proceedings, lawmakers got an earful about Governor Scott Walker’s plans to expand private school vouchers while freezing state aid for public schools – and his decision to reject federal money to expand Medicaid.

Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson calls the budget, “extreme and damaging to our middle-class neighbors.” And his fellow Democrats have started to hold 10 additional hearings to give their input.

The first Democratic hearing took place Monday in La Crosse. The others will take place between next Monday and April 29th in Racine, Milwaukee, Wausau, Viroqua, Madison, Wisconsin Rapids, Appleton, Barron, and Eau Claire.

The final Finance Committee hearing is set for a week from Thursday in Baldwin.