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WISCONSIN LEGISLATURE

P. O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707-7882 For Immediate Release: Thursday April 11, 2013 Contact: Senator Bob Jauch 608-266-3510 Representative Janet Bewley 608-266-7690 Representative Stephen Smith 608-266-2519 Representative Nick Milroy 608-266-0640

Jauch, Bewley, Smith and Milroy Announce Northern Budget Listening Sessions
Northern Legislators host sessions after committee co-chairs refuse to come north State Senator Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) and State Representatives Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), Nick Milroy (D-South Range) and Stephen Smith (D-Shell Lake) will hold listening sessions on Governor Walker’s proposed budget at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor’s Center in Ashland on April 20th and at the Barron County Courthouse in Barron on April 27th. Both sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until everyone who wishes to speak is given that opportunity. The Northern Lawmakers are holding the sessions in these communities after the Joint Finance Committee Co-Chairs refused to hold public hearings on the budget in Northern Wisconsin. None of the four public hearings scheduled by the Joint Finance Committee will be held north of Hwy 29. These listening sessions are open to the public and the lawmakers urge any citizen concerned about the impact this budget could have on their community to participate in the listening session. “The State budget is the most important public policy Legislators will consider during the next two years and it is essential that citizens of the north be entitled to equal access in offering their views and influencing its outcome,” the lawmakers stated. If anyone is unable to attend but would still like to submit testimony they can do so by emailing Senator Jauch at sen.jauch@legis.wi.gov, Representative Bewley at rep.bewley@legis.wi.gov, Rep. Smith at rep.smith@legis.wi.gov or Rep. Milroy at rep.milroy@legis.wi.gov Northern Wisconsin Budget Listening Sessions Saturday, April 20th 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center 29270 County Highway G Ashland ### Saturday, April 27th 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Barron County Courthouse 335 E Monroe Ave, Barron Barron, WI