Friday, April 07, 2023

Public Input on Important Things

The state's budgeting process has started. After hearing from the state's departments, the governor has released his 2023-2025 budget and now, the bipartisan Joint Finance Committee (JFC) is accepting in-person and online public comments. Later this year, if past process holds, the gerrymandered Republican-controlled state legislature will throw everything out and create their own right-wing budget.

No members of the JFC are La Crosse area representatives, but on Monday, April 10, La Crosse Representative Jill Billings will hold a budget listening session from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the La Crosse Public Library. If you can't make this session or attend the public input sessions, anyone may submit comments online.

Monday is also the first day of three to complete an online Wisconsin Conservation Congress questionnaire which asks about everything from hunting to clean water. 

While a similar overthrow of democracy has occurred among the hunting/trapping-heavy WCC leadership, there are still opportunities for people to voice their opinions and preferences. The Wisconsin Chapter Sierra Club has a WCC voter guide to give background on the issues and guidance on the questions.

Take advantage of these opportunities while we still have them.

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