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Shilling Cautiously Optimistic as Budget Debate Continues


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The state's joint finance committee is roughly one week into review of Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal. 

The committee is currently holding briefings with various state agencies regarding their finances for the next biennium. Those conclude Tuesday. 

State Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) said the committee will then hold four public hearings on the budget throughout the state.

The closest hearing to the La Crosse area is April 10 in Lake Del ton. 

Shilling is one of four democrats on the 16-member committee, which is comprised of eight senators and eight members of the state assembly. 

But she said she's cautiously optimistic the minority party can influence the debate. 

"I think the tone is going to be improved," Shilling said. "There will be a lot of partisan, 12-4 votes. But I think there are also some areas where we can agree and some amendments will pass on 16-0 votes." 

"But I also recognize the governor usually gets about 90 percent of what he proposes in his budget," Shilling said. "So our role, as Democrats, is to highlight some of the areas where we think the wrong choices are being made." 

Once the budget clears the joint finance committee, it will have to also pass both the state senate and state assembly. It would then head to the governor's desk. 


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