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Monday, April 18, 2011

Juneau - Does Sen. Scott Fitzgerald really listen?

Why is this article useful.  It names real people, and where they are from, and quotes what they had to say, i.e., it let's you make up your own mind.  It has to be difficult to capture and include this much detail but as a reader I appreciate it.  The writer also provides an introductory context to other meetings, locations and what were the main topics!

Fitzgerald listening session brings crowd by Diane Graff - Watertown Daily Times

JUNEAU — Educators, prison guards, state and county employees voiced their objections to state senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, about a budget repair bill that would strip public union employees of their collective bargaining rights and make cuts to education.
Between 200 and 250 people attended a listening session in Juneau Thursday at the county’s administration building. The session started at 5 p.m. and concluded about four hours later after 42 people addressed the Senate majority leader.
Last week, Fitzgerald held a session in Lake Mills at which 400 people attended with 63 people addressing the legislator. In Oconomowoc on Tuesday, about 100 people attended with 22 speakers. ...
... [from the end]
Chris Aufderhaar of Watertown, a small business owner, said she was one of the silent majority in favor of the bill. She said because of economic times, her business has decreased 30 percent, yet her health insurance costs have doubled. Those in the public sector have been insulated from the rising costs of health care, she said.
Jeff Berres of the town of Shields, who also serves on the Dodge County Board of Supervisors, is also a small business owner. “We have to think of the people on the other side,” he told the senator.
Scott Fitzgerald was also criticized for not returning telephone messages or emails. One woman asked, “Are you ignoring those who do not agree with you?”
Scott Fitzgerald apologized, saying in the past month he has received 3,100 emails which has bottle-necked the system.
By my interpretation almost no one was as supportive as two of the last three speakers.  I would like to take a moment and editorialize about the health care comments by Chris but !

The next election or a recall will be the verdict on voter complacency and whether Sen. Fitzgerald listens!

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