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Mixed reaction on Senators fleeing the state


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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The budget repair bill is stirring up a lot of talk. But there's also a lot of buzz surrounding the state Senate. It's been a week since 14 Democratic State Senators fled Wisconsin to stall a vote on the bill.

"I think that it's unfortunate that they're doing it the way they're doing it," commented Terry Jackson. "Because it makes the people who voted for them feel like they're not getting their money's worth. That's not a very good thing, especially for the state of Wisconsin."

"I don't think they have a lot of choice right now," said Mary Girard. "I don't like the situation, but it's more than that one issue of them not coming back to work. If they come back, the votes will go through because the Democrats are in the minority and I'm not getting the impression that any debate is going to happen on this issue. So it's a catch 22."


The Senate is at a stand-still until the lawmakers return. Republicans hold a 19-14 Senate majority but need a quorum of 20 to vote on spending bills.

Besides sending police to try and track down the absent Senators, groups of citizens are also starting recall efforts, which is another controversial piece of the puzzle.


"I think that it's time for people to start doing things like that," Jackson said. "More things like that should have been done."

"I think that is very premature," Girard said. "I don't agree with that one at all. It's a bad situation. I don't think there's a good solution to the situation."

Reports Thursday placed the Senators somewhere in Illinois.

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