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Hundreds line up to speak out on Gov. Walker's budget plan

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GREENDALE, WI (WTAQ) - Hundreds of people showed up in suburban Milwaukee Thursday morning to say how they’d be affected by Governor Scott Walker’s proposed state budget.

The Joint Finance Committee is holding an all day hearing at Greendale High School. It’s the first of 4 such hearings planned throughout Wisconsin.

Greendale Village President John Hermes asked the panel to drop Walker’s plan to end residency requirements for public employees. Greendale requires its employees to live with 15 miles of the village – and Hermes says it helps keeps police and firefighters close when they’re needed.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele asked lawmakers to restore funding that Walker wants to cut for enforcing child support orders. He said collectors bring in almost $6.50 in past due support for every dollar spent on the effort. Abele also urged the panel to restore transit funding so, “our workers can get to their jobs, and seniors can get to their doctors’ appointments.”

Before the testimony began, Assembly Democrat Jon Richards again complained about where the GOP chose to hold the four hearings. Richards said the Milwaukee proceeding should have been held in the city instead of the suburbs.

But Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend said he figured that people would know how to get to Greendale.

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