ON MONDAY: THE VOTING ON THIS HORRIBLE BILL BEGINS. CALL YOUR WI REPS and ask them to vote NO.
A new poll shows that public opposition to the provisions of the Open-Pit Mining Bill (SB 1/AB 1) has grown significantly since last year. Wisconsin voters oppose the bill by a 33% margin (62-29). Opposition has increased 20 points since last year with undecideds having shifted into the opposition camp. Those voters who consider themselves “independent” opposed the bill by a 44% margin. Support for the bill among Republicans has also dropped.
The poll also tested:
Whether mining companies should be allowed to fill wetlands with waste and other materials (Oppose 67-24).
Whether the amount of money the DNR can collect from mining companies for permit reviews should be capped (Oppose 78-13).
Whether the role of legislators is to bring jobs to the state no matter the cost to the environment or to balance jobs at environmental concerns (Balance 77-18).
How concerned voters are that the mining company played a key role in writing the Open-Pit Mining Bill (Concerned 77-20).
The only question now is whether legislators will stand with the Wisconsinites they represent or an out-of-state mining company.
The poll by Public Policy Polling surveyed 911 Wisconsin voters on February 18th and 19th, exactly one year since a similar poll was conducted. The margin of error is +/-3%.
The Million Dollar Bill
January 24, 2013 by Rebecca Kemble
Originally Posted on Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative
Shortly after 9pm last night, Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) abruptly adjourned the one and only public hearing on a controversial mining deregulation bill after being called out as the second largest recipient of campaign donations by groups that lobbied for a similar bill last session.
Sen. Tom Tiffany and Sen. Glenn Grothman, recipients of large campaign donations from mining deregulation advocates.
Of the nearly $1 million in campaign donations to 20 Senate and Assembly mining committee members by interests backing mining deregulation, $74,000 went to Sen. Tiffany, according to Victoria McMurray who cited Wisconsin Democracy Campaign finance records. Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) was the biggest recipient, cashing in nearly half a million in campaign contributions, while Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) came in third with $52,000 in donations.
Tiffany interrupted McMurray’s testimony, telling her to, “write a letter to the editor” before calling the last person to testify, who had already been informed she was next. As soon as Celeste Lorigan finished speaking, Tiffany brought the gavel down on the hearing declaring it adjourned, despite a prior agreement with Rep. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo) to allow the minority party a closing statement before adjournment.
Both Tiffany and co-chair Rep. Mary Williams (R-Medford) were escorted out the the hearing room by State Troopers and Capitol Police officers.
Hundreds of people from across the state came to the Capitol yesterday to have a say in the mining debate. The League of Women Voters submitted this statement in opposition to the proposed mining legislation. Here is an interesting account of the abrupt ending of the 12-hour hearing. See Clean Wisconsin's mining fact sheet for details about Assembly Bill 1/Senate Bill 1.