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Baldwin school will host state budget hearing

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The co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Finance have announced a series of public hearings around the state to receive input from citizens on the state budget.

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The Joint Committee on Finance is the legislative committee responsible for reviewing and making changes to the state budget.

Among the locations selected for a public hearing is the Baldwin-Woodville High School Auditorium in Baldwin. That hearing will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18.

State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), who serves as a member of the JFC, commended the decision to bring this important committee to western Wisconsin.

"This will provide an opportunity for area residents to share their thoughts and concerns on the state budget with members of the budget-writing committee," said Harsdorf.

She worked with area State Representatives Dean Knudson, John Murtha and Erik Severson to encourage the scheduling of a hearing in this area. Knudson is also a member of the budget-writing committee.

Individuals interested in testifying should register with legislative staff when they arrive at the hearing. Those who do not wish to testify, but would like to watch the proceedings, are also encouraged to attend.

Written testimony can also be submitted to the JFC by email at budgetcomments@legis.wisconsin.gov or by mail to the Joint Committee on Finance, Attn: Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East State Capitol, Madison, WI 53702.

In addition to Baldwin, the JFC has scheduled hearings in Greendale, Green Bay and Lake Delton.

Following the public hearings, the committee will begin its work on amending and proposing changes to the budget proposal, which was submitted by the governor to the State Legislature last month.

More information on the JFC can be found at legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/jfc/

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