Budget Battle: Supporters Less Vocal

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WAUKESHA – Supporters of Governor Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill have not been nearly as vocal as opponents.

While the protest continued in Madison Tuesday, Bill Graffin was at work in his Waukesha insurance office.

"Don't have the time to go over and hang, walk around with a picket sign in my hands,” Graffin told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.
Graffin supports asking public employees to contribute more to their health insurance and pension plans.
“Most people today have to contribute a large amount to their health insurance and retirement and I don't think it's being unfair,” he explained.

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Governor Walker won Waukesha County in the November election just months ago and his supporters believe he's delivering on campaign promises.
Jeff Barta owns Nice Ash cigar shop on Main Street.  He's not yelling or chanting this week, but he is speaking out for the Republican governor.
"Walker's positions were clearly set out beforehand and this is a logical result of the elections last fall,” Barta said. "It's something that has to be done, we can't just keep pushing the debt onto our children and grandchildren."
State union workers have their supporters in Waukesha, too.  Nancy Hernandez worries about their future.
“I think we're looking at a very dangerous situation,” she said.