Dems plan unofficial state budget hearing
ROCK TOWNSHIP Democrats are holding their own state budget hearings around the state, including one at Blackhawk Technical College on Wednesday, April 20.
Democrats have been critical that the Republican-controlled Legislature scheduled only four public hearings on Gov. Scott Walker's 2011-13 budget proposal.
Hundreds have attended the official hearings, and some have been turned away or told they could submit only written testimony.
Democrats invited the local Republican Assembly members to the hearing at BTC. They also invited some Democratic legislators who are not from the immediate area.
Invited to attend are Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville; Assembly Minority Leader Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha; Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Fort Atkinson; Rep. Janis Ringhand, D-Evansville; Rep. Sondy Pope-Roberts, D-Middleton; Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Whitefish Bay; Rep. Joe Knilans, R-Janesville; Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton; and Rep. Evan Wynn, R-Whitewater.
A Wynn aide said Wynn could not attend because of prior commitments. The Gazette received no response from Knilans' office.
Loudenbeck plans to attend at least part of the hearing at BTC, "if her schedule allows," an aide said.
Loudenbeck has her own "budget listening session" Tuesday in Beloit, and Wynn and Knilans are expected to attend.
As for the Assembly members from out of the area, "many legislators are visiting other districts to hear what people have to say," a Cullen aide said.
IF YOU GO
What: An unofficial public hearing on the 2011-13 state budget, sponsored by Democratic legislators
When: 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20.
Where: North Commons at Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County G, Rock Township.
Alternative: Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, will hold a "budget listening session" from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit.