Hours of testimony in Madison whether to allow an exemption to the state's Managed Forest Law that would allow Goegebic Taconite to close up to 4,000 acres by a proposed mine site.
Senator Tom Tiffany's bill that would enable "GT" to deny access on land that otherwise would allow public access. One mining protester was arrested earlier this year at the mine site after a group stopped by to protest. Some damage occured.
During the hearing, Tiffany said he was concerned about safety...
Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor says worker safety is a priority at the Gogebic Taconite mine site in Iron County.
The company has drawn criticism for hiring military-style security guards armed with assault weapons to patrol the drilling area. Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch points out GTAC is working to bring jobs to the area.
“I think we have a duty to make sure that those folks, who are working to better that double digit unemployment rate that we talk so much about, are safe.”
A Northwoods Democrat doesn't like a Republican action in the Assembly Wednesday boosting campaign contributions for Wisconsin state candidates.
Majority Republicans pushed for a doubling of allowable campaign contributions by individuals. Donors to statewide candidates could give 20-thousand-dollars per cycle, two-thousand to Senate candidates, and a-thousand to Assembly hopefuls. Those limits would be automatically adjusted for inflation in the future. A voice vote was held.