When Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers invited people from throughout the area to attend a state budget listening session at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire Tuesday, April 16, over 100 people with a wide variety of interests responded.
Evers and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes have been holding listening sessions around the state to hear how the state budget could affect us. While both officials made opening remarks, the bulk of the two-hour session was spent with people in small groups talking about the
issues that matter to them.
Evers and Barnes moved around the room, sitting with the visitors in groups focused on education, jobs and tax fairness transportation/infrastructure, energy and environment, healthcare and criminal justice reform.
Nicole Estenson of Chippewa Falls, with her autistic son seated to her right, makes a point on support of increased funding for special education during a state budget listening session Tuesday, April 16 a Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire.