Wisconsin Budget Protests Intensify (PHOTOS)

02/17/2011 12:07 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Thousands of protesters gathered in Madison in reaction to Gov. Scott Walker's (R) controversial new budget proposal.

HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reports:

Wisconsin is facing a $137 million budget deficit. In order to close it, Walker wants to sharply curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions, effectively preventing them from negotiating benefits, hours and working conditions. (They would, however, still be able to bargain over base wages, and Walker decided to exempt firefighters and police workers from his measure.) Public workers would also have to contribute more money toward pension and health insurance plans.

HuffPost Eyes and Ears contributors, Matt Robison and Julia Meuse, took photos of the protests in Madison. Do you have any images of your own? Submit them below!

Madison Wisconsin Budget Protests