Up to 200 county officials are in the capital city discussing key legislative issues.

Mark O’Connell is Executive Director of Wisconsin Counties Association.

“Clearly the number one issue, I think, with probably every organization in the state is the economy.”

O’Connell says his group is discussing fiscal Wisconsin in downtown Madison. That includes the economy, budgets and the new year ahead.

Todd Berry from Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance will talk about financial things. There will be briefings from the legislative team at Wisconsin Counties and folks will get to the state capitol building to talk to lawmakers.

O’Connell says the day includes talking about challenges and innovations in local government – something they’ve previously done informally. Now, they’ll have a coordinated discussion about successes individual counties have had so that other counties can emulate that.

Also speaking are Health Secretary Karen Timberlake, and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary Reggie Bicha, discussing service delivery in tough economic times. Wednesday there will be a roundtable with leaders in the state legislature.

NOTE: Counties Lobby Day takes place at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

Jackie Johnson report 1:21


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