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UPDATE: Legislature's Budget Panel Holds Public Hearing

UPDATED Thursday, April 4, 2013 --- 11:43 a.m.

GREENDALE, Wis. (AP) -- Hundreds of people are attending the first public hearing on Gov. Scott Walker's two-year budget proposal.

Advocacy groups and others criticized Walker's proposal at the outset of Thursday's hearing. They spoke out against Walker's plan to expand the state's voucher school program and turn down federal funding for a Medicaid expansion.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee is scheduled to take comment for eight hours Thursday.

The three other hearings are Monday at Lambeau Field, Wednesday in Lake Delton and April 18 in Baldwin.

After those hearings, the committee will return to Madison and begin to vote on changes to Walker's proposal.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: April 4, 2013 -- 8:13 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's budget-writing committee is holding its first of four public hearings on Gov. Scott Walker's two-year spending plan.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee is taking public comment for eight hours at Greendale High School near Milwaukee. The other hearings are Monday at Lambeau Field, Wednesday in Lake Delton and April 18 in Baldwin.

The hearings are the public's only chance to speak out on the budget that would expand private school vouchers, reject a federally funded Medicaid expansion, cut income taxes and increase bonding to pay for roads projects.

Republicans who control the Legislature have raised concerns about numerous parts of Walker's plan. The budget committee will spend the next several weeks voting on changes before the revised plan goes to the Senate and Assembly for approval.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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