Capitol Chaos: Reaction from 'No Choice' To Hope For Strike
Melissa McCrady reports. Video by wtmj.comvideo
MADISON - Governor Walker's 2011-13 budget proposal calls for major cuts to balance Wisconsin's budget without raising taxes.
How is his plan sitting with lawmakers and people who live in the Capitol City?
There is some support and disgust.
"I guess I'm hoping for a general strike," said Katie Kloth, a protester who is against the budget proposal.
Those harsh words came after Governor Walker's calls for major cuts.
Under Walker's plan, the state would reduce spending by $4.2 billion over two years.
State employees would contribute more to healthcare and pensions.
Counties and municipalities would lose $96 million to pay for local services.
Walker also wants to cut $834 million in state money to local schools.
"This is going to be an absolute annihilation of education in this state," claimed Milwaukee Democratic Representative Tamara Grigsby.
"He does this all in the name of fixing this budget."
The budget must go through the legislative fiscal bureau before public hearings can begin.
In the meantime, Kloth plans to continue protesting and work to help organize what she calls the only solution.
"We've been peaceful so far, but to see things to go the next level, so they can take us more seriously."
A vote on the budget could be expected in June.