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Dozens in Wausau attend candlelight vigil against Walker

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WAUSAU (WAOW)-- A statewide movement is underway right now, opposing Governor Walker's policies he helped pass one year ago.

Candlelight vigils were held across the state on Friday, including Wausau, marking the one year anniversary of the budget repair bill.
 
"Hopefully we can take back the governorship and turn things back around," says Randy Radtke of Wausau.  "The policies that he rammed through last year are no good for the state."

The bill took away many collective bargaining rights from most public workers.
It also required those workers to contribute more for retirement and health insurance.
Changes the Governor says helped bridge a major budget shortfall.

We asked several republican leaders for comment on the statewide vigils.
Only Governor Walker's spokesman got back to us, saying: "The reforms put in place have improved our state and were done because Governor Walker had the next generation in mind, not the next election."

Demonstrators are strong in their opposition to the governor's changes.
But they realize the past year has been divisive.

Online reporter: Nate Barrett

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