Protesters In Superior Line Tower Avenue

By KBJR News 1

February 28, 2011 Updated Feb 28, 2011 at 7:07 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Dozens of protesters lined Tower Avenue in Superior Monday.

They say Governor Scott Walker's Budget Repair bill threatens the state's Medicaid program...reducing Badger Care eligibility and leaving Wisconsin's disabled and most vulnerable residents at risk.

As the group held signs they chanted "Nothing About Us Without Us."
They also said they're angered by what little public input or legislative oversight the bill underwent.

"Really serious threat to all the programs that serve low income families. You know, I've been in this business for almost 40 years and this is the most serious threat I've seen to these programs," said Dave Cochrane, Family Forum, Executive Director.

"I just hope that everybody that's paying attention to this issue, no matter what side they're on, will pay close attention to how it will effect their neighbors and their friends and family because you will know somebody that will be affected by what's happening in Wisconsin," said Russ Stover of North Country Independent Living.

The protest aimed to shed light on the potential cuts to Medicaid, which some say have been overshadowed by the bill's provisions that would cut the rights of public employees to collectively bargain.

Monday's demonstration also served as a food drive for Superior's food shelf.