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Listening session planned in La Crosse Monday on state budget



La Crosse area citizens would have to make a significant drive to provide input at the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee’s public input sessions on the upcoming state budget.

For those who can’t make that drive, Democratic Assembly Rep. Jill Billings and two members of the Joint Finance Committee will be hosting a listening session at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Main Street Library.

Last week on La Crosse Talk PM, Billings talked about some of the issues that could come up dealing with the state budget, including the UW-L Prairie Springs Science Center project and the state’s $7.1 billion surplus.

Those members are Assembly Reps. Evan Goyke and Tip McGuire will also be at the meeting.

The two-year budget is being crafted by Republicans through likely the end of July. That budget also includes a $7.1 billion surplus.

The committee will meet from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday at UW-Eau Claire and those same times Wednesday at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The fourth and final meeting is happening in Minocqua.

The first official hearing on the upcoming budget was held last week in Waukesha.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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