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Walker, union supporters hit the street Saturday


By Bonnie Shelton

LINCOLN COUNTY (WAOW)--While some people spentSaturday gathering signatures to recall a senator, others lined the streets with picket signs and bullhorns to voice their dissatisfaction with the budget repair bill.

It's the 12th day of protests, and neither side is backing down.

In Merrill, Scott Walker supporters collected signatures to try and recall Democratic Senator Jim Holperin.

Kim Simac is the founder of the Northwoods Patriots, but said she's collecting signatures because she feels the Senator isn't doing his job. "We would really appreciate it if he would come back and go to Madison and represent us."

The committee needs at least 15,000 signatures to recall the Senator.

Miles north in Tomahawk, union supporters planted their picket signs and donated cans to promote their message: "Can the Bill."

"We are here to stay, we are here to fight for our rights and the rights of all workers in unions," said Kay Salewske, a member of the Tomahawk Northern Education Support Team.

She said she supports Holperin's decision to leave the state and backs all of the Democratic leaders choosing to be absent. "They're doing their job despite what is being said about them. They are doing their job in a very democratic process."

Back in Merrill, Simac believes it's about time something is done to fix the budget. "Wisconsin's broke, were in big trouble and we really need to get down and get working at this," she said.

Protestors in Tomahawk disagree and urge everyone to learn more about the budget repair bill's effects. "Take the time to educate yourself on this because it is eventually going to affect whole communities," said Salewske.

Both sides vow to keep fighting for what they believe is right.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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