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.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People from all over the Northwoods celebrated Earth Day today. Students at Lac du Flambeau school participated in a natural resources fair today.
Classes, groups and individual students submitted projects to be judged. By doing the projects they learned the importance of Earth Day.
“Polluting could harm the earth and if that harms the earth later on we won't have a better earth to do stuff on like camping, or fishing, hiking and taking walks,” says Sky Risingsun, a Lac du Flambeau student.
35 projects were judged in the science competition. Each student was given a white spruce seed to take home and plant in their own yard.
“It's a white spruce which is a native tree to this area,” says Bryan Hoover, Lac du Flambeau Energy and Air Quality Coordinator. “We've got almost 500 of them and every student is going to take one home so that they can pick a spot in their yard to plant the new tree and watch that tree grow as it matures.”
NORTHWOODS - People in Wisconsin love their beer, but alcohol is a big problem in the Northwoods. Experts want people to remember that alcohol is a drug and should never be abused.
Alcohol is a depressant and slows down the central nervous system. Experts feel drinking here in the Northwoods has become too normalized.
“When you talk to people even from the Northwoods community alcohol goes hand in hand with family gatherings , graduation, prom, hunting, snowmobiling, recreational activities,” says Katie Kennedy, Options Counseling Service Clinician. “It's kind of created this normalized look at alcohol that it's okay to do that in these environments or in these situations when it actually really increases risks.”
It's not just adults that have alcohol problems. Kids under 21 are finding unique ways to abuse the drug. Some have even resorted to snorting alcohol as a means to get drunk faster.
“What happens anytime you ingest a substance as far as snorting like right into your nose it goes into your mucus membrane,” says Kennedy. “So instead of drinking alcohol whereas it's processed through your system it's a process, the alcohol goes immediately into your body into your blood stream it affects you a lot quicker.”
In 2012 Wisconsin was the number one state for binge drinking. That's according to the Center for Disease Control. April is alcohol awareness month.
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