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Honadel Co-Sponsoring Mining Bill

State Rep. Mark Honadel, who has supported previous mining legislation, is out in front of the latest effort to pass a mining bill.

State Rep. Mark Honadel, a vocal supporter of the mining bill that died in the Legislature last year, is co-sponsoring the latest version of the legislation.

Supporters of the legislation say it will help create a mine in northern Wisconsin that could have an economic impact of $1.5 billion and create some 3,000 jobs, according to a news release.

Oak Creek's state representative said the bill would help grow jobs in southeastern Wisconsin, in addition to jobs in the northern part of the state. 

"Not only will this provide family-supporting jobs in northern Wisconsin, but it will have a direct impact on businesses in the Milwaukee area such as Caterpillar and Joy Global," Honadel said in the news release.

Gov. Scott Walker and top state legislators have said passing a mining bill is one of the top priorities of the new session. In fact, Republican leaders in both chambers say the bill released to the public Wednesday, called "Mining for Jobs," will be the very first bill considered.

According to a Journal Sentinel report, the bill is nearly identical to the one proposed last year.

In addition to environmental concerns, opponents argue the bill won't be the job creator that Honadel and others say it will be—especially if it gets tied up in the courts, as some predict.

"They are embracing the same arrogance of power in support of a mining bill designed to serve one company while ignoring the Wisconsin constitution, federal clean water laws and Native American treaty obligations," Democratic Sen. Mark Miller said in a news release.

jack ryan January 18, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Sounds like the "maybe" business for Caterpilar is driving this.
Greg in OC January 18, 2013 at 02:41 PM
I am not willing to trash the environment for the sake of some jobs. Provisions that allow a mining company to dispose of mining waste in wetlands, rivers, and streams are at the top of my concerns.
Betty Kienzle January 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM
not if it does harm to the environment that we should be preserving for our children and grandchildren.
JMB January 19, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Why stop at mining, we need to shut down oil and electric, no cars, stop farming and stripping the land. Let's go back to the caves. We do a pretty good job of protecting the environment, this movement is all about shutting down the private economy. Why not spend time shutting down government, if we don't stop the growth soon kids will be starving in the streets, we won't have money for police or fireman our Grandparents will be put out of nursing homes.
vocal local 1 January 19, 2013 at 04:48 PM
We don't need to shut down utilities but we sure do need to take control and re-implement the Public Utility Holding Company Act to control profits thus our rates. Don't hear Madison talking about this now do ya? Could be because the Coch Brothers contribute heavily to republican leader campaigns. We do need public transportation and perhaps some limits on car use in cities. The feds are already attempting to curb individual farming. All class B farms are outlawed in WI. We can't buy green milk and the stuff your buying in the stores we can't even export. Other countries are saying it doesn't measure up to their food and health standards. IMAGINE THAT. I agree lets shut government down not wait for them to strategically destroy us individually or as a country. Kids are starving and living in the streets and we have ineffective health and human service governmental agencies. Food pantries I've heard have closed their doors to all that are not on foodstamps. Thats crazy if they have stamps why do they still need free foods? Remember Tommy Thompson was the head under Bush JR. No wonder kids are still homeless and going to bed hungry. Here in WI when he implemented W2 a more expensive program when the costs were tallied and how many children died in cars? We don't need all the cops and fire we have currently and Mom and Pop would love it if the state closed all the nursing homes where most often they are diapered and get ONE shower per week. No wonder those places reek.

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