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Local leaders hopes for Walker's State of the State

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The state's multi-billion dollar budget shortfall is on the minds of municipal leaders across the state. Newsline 9 spoke with leaders in Marathon County who say they've already learned to do more with less. They're hoping Governor Walker has a plan that encourages optimism.

 

Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger knows the big budget shortfall won't be solved overnight. But he also knows the effects trickle down into communities, like Wausau. That's why he wants Governor Walker to make municipal leaders involved in the solution.

"We don't want to be in a situation where we're not on the team, we're the enemy," Karger explained. "The governor needs to enroll us as community leaders to help him make this work."

 

Karger and the rest of the County Board have been dealing with deficits since the start of the economic downturn. And though things are getting better, he says cuts still need to be made.

"We've already come to terms with the idea that we're going to have less in various accounts," Karger said. "We don't know how much less, we know it's going to be less, it has to be less."

 

Local leaders agree the governor needs to focus on investment, how to create jobs in the long-run, and keep the public optimistic.

 

"The better job you do on that," explained Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple. "the more tax base you have to share with the people in your city."

These local leaders say they're expecting more specific examples of how Walker plans to fix the deficit when he gives his speech on the budget. That's planned for February 22nd.

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