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Governor meets with workers in Hudson

During a tour of the manufacturing floor of Empire Bucket, Gov. Scott Walker stopped to talk with Kale Pribnow of Prescott.5 / 6
Protesters waited in the rain for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to leave Empire Bucket in Hudson. It was one of three stops Walker made in the state to talk about job growth. Photos by Margaret Ontl6 / 6

Once the dust has settled, even the protesters in the street outside will realize the budget-repair bill he signed into law Friday is a good thing, said Gov. Scott Walker Tuesday.

State government, he said, is doing what families all across Wisconsin have had to do recently: Make choices, hunker down and pay bills.

His visit was announced only a few hours earlier, but by the time Walker arrived half an hour early for a 2 p.m. meeting with Empire Bucket workers and the press, about 70 demonstrators had gathered.

When the governor left the closed meeting about an hour later, the Hudson police chief estimated the number outside at 200.

"We've got a crisis in this state. We've got an economic crisis. We've got a fiscal crisis," said Walker, addressing most of the 31 Empire employees.

For more, see the March 17 edition of the River Falls Journal or the Hudson Star-Observer.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.