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Gov.-elect Evers in town, hears from La Crosse residents



Tony Evers and crew were in La Crosse on Tuesday as part of his statewide listening tour.

Around 200 people came to voice their opinion at the incoming governor’s “Building the People’s Budget” tour, on a wide range of topics at the American Legion Post 52.

Those topics included the environment, jobs, school funding, healthcare, workforce and economic development and criminal justice reform.

Lt. Governor-elect Mandela Barnes was part of the tour, which has gone on for the past week and wraps up Wednesday in Milwaukee.

Barnes said they’ve been getting feedback on what direction to take the state in all areas.

“How can schools be better funded? How can we work to be better environmental stewards? How can we create an economy that works for everyone?” Barnes said.

Barnes added that the point of the tour is, especially, to come up with “a budget that represents the interests of the people of the state of Wisconsin.”

Barnes and Evers have also been getting feedback on this month’s lame duck session the legislature passed along party lines, which was signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker.  

The new laws, among other things, limit some authorities that Evers will have when he takes office.  

State Sen. Jennifer Shilling and state rep. Jill Billings were also at the session.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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