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.
Senators Cullen and Schultz have introduced an alternative mining bill, based on more than 20 hours of testimony taken last fall from mining experts, state and federal regulators, and environmental advocates. Senator Cullen has announced he intends to hold a listening session soon in Ashland County, near the site of the proposed mine. The League has not taken a position on the alternative proposal.
The bipartisan Wisconsin Transportation Finance and Policy Commission this week released its final report: Keep Wisconsin Moving: Smart Investments, Measurable Results. According to the Wisconsin Budget Project blog, revenue for the state Transportation Fund would be boosted by about $6.8 billion over the next ten years if lawmakers would enact the recommendations in the report. The Commission recommends using the additional revenue to increase spending by about $479 million per year, including $36.3 million for public transit. The League will support the allocation for public transit and other parts of the report, with details forthcoming. Click here to see the full report.