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Eau Claire County Board opposes Governor Walker's bill

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Confidence in Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill from local governments is fading fast.  Wednesday, Eau Claire County joins the city, supporting public workers, and disagreeing with parts of the governor's budget plan.

Eau Claire County board members debated a resolution opposing Governor Walker's budget repair bill.

In a packed county board room, several teachers, union members, and supporters of the resolution spoke to the board, voicing their concerns. After some debate, the board approved the resolution Wednesday, sending a message to Governor Walker that his budget repair bill is not what Eau Claire County wants. 

"The package that he's proposed, as I understand it, would affect about $21 million in the Eau Claire area alone, that would be out of state workers pockets, let alone, county municipal workers pockets," says Eau Claire County Board member John Manydeeds.

"This is not the right thing to do to state employees. The people who are doing crucial services for the citizens of the state. You should be thanking them and working with them," says board member Tami Schraufnagel, who drafted the resolution.

But not all county board members were on board with the resolution. Even though it passed, there were seven members who voted against the resolution, saying something needs to be changed in order to decrease the cost of government.

"I stuck with that tonight, because I believe that, that those laws need to be changed, or the bubble that has built up here will start all over again," says Howard Ludwigson, who voted against the bill.

Even though the resolution has no legal impact at the state level, those who supported it say they just wanted to be sure their message was heard.

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