After about nine hours of debate, Assembly representatives from Racine County and across the state voted along partisan lines to pass a bill easing the mining regulations process in Wisconsin.

Here’s how our local representatives voted, and why ...

Speaker of the Assembly Robin Vos, R-Rochester

Vote: In favor

“Mining is part of Wisconsin’s past and will now be part of Wisconsin’s future. I’m proud that the legislation we gave to the governor today will protect the environment and create ... thousands of good-paying jobs. Mining reform was one of our top priorities in the Assembly. I’m pleased that after robust debate and bipartisan input, the Assembly has accomplished one of its main goals for the spring session.”

Rep. Tom Weatherston, R-Caledonia

Vote: In favor

“Wisconsin needs jobs, and a new mine is expected to bring hundreds of good-paying jobs, not just in northern Wisconsin, but also here in southeast Wisconsin. This bill will lead to the creation of new jobs while still keeping strong environmental protections in place.”

Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine

Vote: Against

“This divisive open-pit mining bill is a great deal for one out-of-state mining company, but it is a raw deal for Wisconsin’s taxpayers.”

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha

Vote: Against

“Today, Assembly Republicans missed a golden opportunity for bipartisanship on mining. There was a bipartisan alternative on the table ... But Republicans refused to even consider any amendments. ... Instead, Republicans rejected testimony from the public and experts. Now the only mine we can be certain will open will be a gold mine for Republican lawyers who can get rich defending their flawed law. This mining bill again falls short of assuring job creation.”

(3) comments

Zigmond
Zigmond

Mason and Barca are modern day job sabotoging Luddite's. A win for (R) job creation could cause the loss of their jobs.

ordmm

Wish Cory Mason and Pete Barca would just run away together down to Illinois and stay there. Wisconsin is hurting for jobs. RACINE and MILWAUKEE are in real bad shape. Maybe, just maybe the mine operation will provide good blue collar jobs. Will they be in Racine or Milwaukee? Can't say. But at least the answer is maybe. It's a lot better then constantly finding something wrong with any kind of job producing venture that goes before the Dems and then the answer becomes "never". Things were good when the young had a chance at a job. Any job. We need to head back in that direction. Wish Mason and Barca who really never have had a normal job other than being a parasite on the taxpayers would shut up and get out of the way.

I Come In Peace

Vos

“Mining is part of Wisconsin’s past and will now be part of Wisconsin’s future. I’m proud that the legislation we gave to the governor today will protect the environment and create ... thousands of good-paying jobs"

Weatherston
“Wisconsin needs jobs, and a new mine is expected to bring hundreds of good-paying jobs, not just in northern Wisconsin, but also here in southeast Wisconsin."

Well, what is it hundreds or thousands? I know Vos loves to exaggerate. The number is 700 for now.

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