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Democrats host more budget hearings


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Some Democratic lawmakers have organized their own budget hearings, because they don't think enough voices have been heard on the issue.

The first Democratic hearing was held in Milwaukee on Saturday morning, at the Milwaukee Public Schools Administration Building. That hearing is one of 10 Democrats have scheduled around the state.

In a news release, state Sen. Chris Larson of Milwaukee, the Democratic minority leader, and Democratic state Rep. Jon Richards of Milwaukee, said the legislature's budget committee "scheduled just four public opportunities - none in Milwaukee - for citizens across Wisconsin to tell the committee what they think about the budget."

The Republican-controlled committee did a hold a public hearing on the budget in at Greendale High School in early April, which is outside of Milwaukee.

"Despite its many controversial provisions and potential long-term consequences on vital issues like education, health care and the economy, this proposed budget has not received nearly as much attention, feedback and scrutiny as the budget that passed two years ago," the Democratic lawmakers said in their statement.

The committee is expected to begin voting on the budget on April 25 and could receive final approval by the full legislature in June.

Republicans are calling the move a "partisan political gimmick."

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