This afternoon will be a chance for area residents to get their voice heard regarding Governor Scott Walker's proposed biannual budget.
Area state senator Jim Holperin will be hosting the event at the Volm Theater in the Antigo High School, which will run from 3 to 6 p.m.
The hearing is part of over a dozen different listening sessions put on by state Democrat lawmakers throughout Wisconsin in response to the four official hearings the state's Joint Finance Committee, with its majority-Republican setup, held earlier this month across the state. Democrats felt the number of JFC hearings were too few and did not allow residents in some sections of the state an equal chance to speak on the budget.
Holperin, who jointly held a similar event in Rhinelander earlier this month, said the hearing will allow northwoods residents tell him what impact the proposed budget will have on them. Holperin said anyone in the area, from locally elected officials to general public, can provide their reactions, opinions and advise on the budget.
Other area legislators may be at the hearing as well to gather information as they have been invited.