At a WisPolitics luncheon meeting recently, the following comment was ascribed to Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. Robin Vos.
A greater emphasis will be put on e-mails and other technology. For example, he does not intend to sit through a 36 hour public hearing when those comments could have easily been presented in writing. Every statement that is submitted will be read by the Co-Chairs.
Few attend budget hearing in Stevens Point. (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/8/2011)
Excerpt: State troopers and local police blocked the road in front of the arena to vehicles. Local Democrats set up a tent across the street to sell food and "Recall Walker" buttons and planned a rally before the hearing began at 9 a.m.
"People have said this is a movement but it's more like a revolution," said Laura Hauser-Menting, co-chairwoman of the Portage County Democratic Party. "People have had their last button pushed."
But the rally never happened. A half-hour before the hearing began only a half-dozen or so protesters were outside the arena, and they left soon after the proceeding began and only about 200 people were in the arena when the Legislature's Republican-controlled budget committee started taking public comments.