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Update: Mining Company Ends Interest in Wisconsin

State Republicans are not happy with their Democratic colleagues.

A controversial mining bill that supporters say will create thousands of jobs was sent back to committee Tuesday, but it doesn't look like it matters much.

Representatives from Gogebic Taconite issued a statement late Tuesday saying they are abandoning efforts to establish a mining operation in Wisconsin.

"Senate rejection of the mining reforms in Assembly Bill 426 sends a clear message that Wisconsin will not welcome iron mining. We get the message," said the company in a written statement. "GTac is ending plans to invest in a Wisconsin mine. We thank the many people who have supported our efforts."

State senators failed to pass the bill with a 17-16 vote mostly along party lines. The Republican exception was state Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) who delivered on his promise to vote against the measure in part because, he said, it didn't do enough to protect groundwater, streams and lakes. He opposed the legislation, too, because it doesn't provide an opportunity for the public to file challenges against mine permits.

The Assembly voted last month to pass mining legislation, but even Gov. Scott Walker acknowledged the Assembly bill needs some work in order to get approval from the Senate.

Republican legislators issued statements Tuesday ripping their Democratic colleagues for what they say amounts to keeping Wisconsin residents out of work.

"Senate Democrats have failed Wisconsin. I’m extremely disappointed that they refuse to see the clear need for jobs in our state," said Rep. Robin Vos. “Some continue to say they’re willing to negotiate; they are not.  Some say they’re for mining and jobs; they are not. Today’s vote in the Senate proves it.”

Vos is a Republican from Rochester in Racine County and is co-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance. His focus continues to stay on bringing jobs to Wisconsin, he added.

State Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) agreed.

"I am shocked beyond belief that no Democratic senator was willing to side with
jobs instead of siding with the environmental Special Interests. This bill was about putting people back to work across the state," he said in his statement. "“The people who say ‘We don’t want this type of job in Wisconsin’ obviously haven’t talked to those people who are looking work."

Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine), though, thinks a compromise bill from Schultz and state Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) should have been more seriously considered and proves that state Republicans weren't interested in a bipartisan bill.

“I’m glad to see that the Senate rejected a deeply flawed mining bill. However, by not even considering the compromise proposal put forth by Senator Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) and Senator Bob Jauch (D-Poplar), the GOP has missed a chance to pass a truly bipartisan mining bill that would have created jobs, preserved Wisconsin’s environmental protections, and protected citizens’ rights," he wrote in an email to Patch. "The Senate’s vote today represents little more than yet another missed opportunity for a bipartisan solution.

Gogebic Taconite proposed the $1.5 billion open pit iron ore mine near Ashland in Northern Wisconsin. Company officials say the mine would create 700 jobs in the immediate vicinity, and at a recent listening session in Sturtevant, Wanggaard said there was the potential for another 2,500 jobs indirectly created through vendors and suppliers.

The Anti-Alinsky March 11, 2012 at 03:07 AM
and from http://muskego.patch.com/blog_posts/no-jobs-under-walker What gets me is that Walker and his ilk can pound the piss out of most public unions (excepting the corrupt badge unions which paid him off) but he can't control one GD department (WDNR) under his direct watch? How pathetic is this guy? Which just puts more credence on what I have been posting all along, NO MORE POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS! He should be on his hands and knees with his mouth open to get Gogebic back here. Another Doyle like POS. You don't come off as a conservative, just a grumpy old man who isn't happy with anything.
James R Hoffa March 11, 2012 at 03:31 AM
You honestly want me to look at something over on the Daily Kos seriously, but when I point you in the direction of conservative blogs with exclusives, you scoff. Yeah, right!!!
$$andSense March 11, 2012 at 04:08 PM
So you re-posted my comments. What? Proves nothing other than people, especially those in public office, should be held accountable for their actions. What is the issue with that? I meant every word of it. You and your kind have no issue going rabid over every public employee and teacher, yet support badge union exemptions, don't you? You just can't see your own hypocrisy, can you? Hate and emotion don't mix well with clear thinking. What makes you a conservative? A bobble head on the car dash that nods every time Walker speaks? I think you are lost. You have no convictions because you buy into the pack mentality as it removes you from having to have an original thought and taking responsibility. Get home, your mother is calling. Still know someone who knows someone? Are you on the Muskego local ballot in April?
morninmist March 11, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Nicely said. http://buffalobeast.com/?p=12820
The Anti-Alinsky March 11, 2012 at 08:00 PM
How do you come off complaining about re-posting comments? You just did that with me on Friday. Check out your comment above with the 12:06 time-stamp. I have stated time and again if it were my decision, I would have included police and fire. However, I am not an elected official and cannot make those decisions. I can see the reasoning behind it, but still disagree. So how can you, as a self-proclaimed Conservative, blast Governor Walker as badly (in both senses of the word) as you do? Sure, I would love to have Ronald Regan as our Governor, but you know what? It ain't going to happen. Sure, I have talked to my representatives in Madison to let them know my opinions (for what good it does). But ya know what? You don't always score on every shot. Scott Walker is the best leader to start leading this state into the red. Speaking of Reagan, do you remember the 11th commandment? Actually, I am sure you don't. It goes "Thou shalt not speak ill of other conservatives". I have revised my original assessment. You are nothing but a grumpy old Liberal whose task is to try to bad talk Governor Walker posing as a Conservative.

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