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Northwoods Residents Voice Opinion at Budget Listening SessionSubmitted: 04/22/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

Northwoods Residents Voice Opinion at Budget Listening Session
Photos By Shardaa Gray

WAUSAU - It can be easy to feel like you don't have much of a say in politics.

But several Democratic state lawmakers wanted to hear what their constituents think of the state's checkbook.

Northwoods residents voiced their opinion at a budget listening session in Wausau.

One of the main issues was Governor Walker's Education funding.

Representative Mandy Wright is a former teacher.

She's worried school in her district, Wausau, won't get a fair shake.

"All of the schools actually that were failing have high levels of poverty and high level of needs for their students and families," Wright said.

"So as we see job loses, as we see our economy not recovering the way we'd like to, we're very concerned about seeing voucher expansion which pulls money away from our public schools and funds an entirely separate school system."

Representative Wright says there will be another listening session Tuesday at Northcentral Technical College starting at 6:30 p.m.

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