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Wausau leaders discuss how state budget will affect city

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Wausau city leaders said they realize the governor's state budget plan will affect their city so on Friday they met to try to figure out what to do about it.

One city council member said the hardest part about the budget issue is that no one knows exactly what the cuts will be. But everyone seems to agree -- they will happen and soon.

People in Wausau said cuts are nothing new since they see the budget shrink every year.

"They keep going on and they keep just cutting everything," said Maria Brown, who lives in Wausau. "Pretty soon nobody's going to have anything to help anybody out."

But now, some said they're concerned Governor Walker's cuts will hit closer to home. In Wausau, cuts could hurt the bus system, schools or the public works department.

"It wasn't until after the governor made this proposal late last that there may be consequences in other budget areas," said Wausau City Council member Ed Gale.

Some local leaders said they're concerned about the pace the governor is taking to push through the budget repair bill and the lack of give on Walker's side.

"Why don't we figure out what we all have to do and why don't we do the process that says we're all Wisconsinites we're in this together and get it done," said Gale.

But not everyone agrees. Newsline 9 talked with some people who didn't want to go on camera, who said they want to see the governor follow through on his campaign promise to balance the budget.

Strong opinions on all sides of this issue and now, all eyes are on Madison to see just how the trickle down effect will hit Wausau in the future.

Wausau leaders invited their local legislators to Friday's meeting, saying they hoped to better understand the budget by talking with people closer to Madison. But unfortunately, none of them were able to attend.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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