WAUSAU - Governor Walker will unveil Wisconsin's budget in a couple of weeks.
On Thursday, local politicians and voters discussed that budget proposal and other legislative topics.
Representative Mandy Wright held the town hall meeting in Wausau.
The stop is part of the "Middle Class Values Tour".
She was joined by Milwaukee Senator and Democratic Leader Chris Larson.
Their goal was to reach out to the community and hear concerns.
They put special focus on Badgercare.
"That [Badgercare] would mean 10 thousand jobs in Wisconsin, and it's estimated a thousand jobs in Marathon county it would have reprocussions for our education community and of course our technical colleges and UW-MC not to mention the thousands, tens of hundreds of thousands of people actually who would have access to healthcare who currently do not," said Rep. Wright.
People actually didn't bring up mining at the meeting.
But Representative Wright still believes the topic is important.
"The real message is that mining is all about jobs, and I would like to propose since the governor and many other people connected with the mining proposal have acknowleged that any mines would not come within 5-7 years of this legislation being passed, then it's really not about jobs," said Rep. Wright.
They also talked about education and job creation.
Some of that focus was on Wausau Paper.
The company recently decided to sell three of their plants including the one in Rhinelander.
Rep. Wright says working to keeping those jobs here is one of her biggest concerns.
WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).
Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.
In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."
EAGLE RIVER - You typically find cotton or denim running through her sewing machine, but Chris Gaffron has been sewing a lot of plastic lately.
"It's just straight stitching, so anyone can do it," Gaffron said.
The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade. Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.
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