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Shilling announces local budget listening sessions
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With a looming $2.2 billion deficit, Wisconsin’s upcoming state budget has many families and business owners concerned about the future. In order to provide local residents an opportunity to learn about Gov. Scott Walker’s budget and comment on his proposals, state Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) is holding several listening sessions throughout the region.

“Families across our state have a lot of questions about Gov. Walker’s budget cuts and how they will impact our schools, roads, parks and health care services,” said Shilling. “Rather than forcing these difficult decisions on our local communities, I want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts on the state budget and help find new ways to move our state forward.”

Shilling is holding several budget listening sessions and is encouraging local residents to attend and share their thoughts.

In the immediate area, Shilling will be in the Soldiers Grove Community Center and Public Library community room, 102 Passive Sun Dr., Friday, March 20, from 3-4 p.m.

A listening session will also be held in the Viroqua City Hall council room, 202 N. Main St., Friday, March 27, from 1-2 p.m.

“With a self-inflicted $2.2 billion budget deficit, a lagging economy and stagnant family wages, we need more effective solutions to invest in our communities, strengthen our schools and encourage local job creation,” Shilling added. “As we work to balance the state budget and invest in our future, I want to make sure that we’re putting the needs of Wisconsin families first and increasing economic opportunities for everyone.”

These budget listening sessions are open to the public and no RSVP is required. If individuals would like more information, they can contact Shilling’s office toll-free at 1-800-385-3385 or email