MADISON - Republicans often brand themselves as the party fighting for local control.
But Governor Walker proposed taking away some of the control for cities and towns.
And now, some Republicans are pushing back.
In February, the governor released his budget proposal.
Part of it proposed taking away residency requirements for government workers.
But many cities require police and firefighters to live close to town so they can get to emergencies faster.
The move to take away that right has Democrats and even some fellow Republicans upset.
"We do need responders. We need responders to live within a district or an area that they can respond timely. That's my biggest concern," says Marshfield Republican Rep. John Spiros.
"I think it's a bad idea. I think it infringes on local control, and I think we should leave it up to our local communities to assess the needs of their community and address them as they see fit," says Wausau Democratic Rep. Mandy Wright.
Just about every city in the Northwoods has some type of residency requirement.
Some only apply to emergency workers, while others are for a broader range of city employees.
Thursday, the state's Joint Finance Committee approved Walker's proposal, but with a twist.
It also passed an amendment by Representative John Nygren which would still allow counties, cities and towns to require emergency workers, like police and firefighters, to live within 15 miles of the borders.
The proposal now would still need to go before the state Senate, assembly and back to the Governor before it becomes law.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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