Wisconsin Mining Bill Passes Senate 17-16: Good News for WI Families!

After nearly nine hours of arguments, Senate Bill 1/Assembly Bill 1, the bill addressing mining application procedures and regulations in Wisconsin, passed the Senate with a vote of 17-16 with only one Republican voting against the bill, Sen. Dale Schultz of Richland Center.

miningWFA president Julaine Appling states, “This proposal that opens the door for mining to return to Northern Wisconsin also protects Wisconsin’s best natural resource – our traditional families.  Last night’s passage in the Senate is good news for Wisconsin.”

Read full press release HERE.

WFA’s Julaine Appling: Mining Is Good for Wisconsin’s Best Natural Resource

Press release issued by WFA 02/08/2013:

Environmentally responsible mining bill bodes well for Wisconsin families

MADISON— Wisconsin Family Action President Julaine Appling released the following statement in support of Senate Bill 1/Assembly Bill 1, the bill addressing mining application procedures and regulations in Wisconsin.

“When Wisconsin’s families are independent of government, they are strong and our state is strong. When our families are dependent on government, they are weak and our state is weak. Legislation that legitimately and responsibly promotes independent Wisconsin families should be welcomed by all.

“Senate Bill 1/Assembly Bill 1 provides for environmentally responsible mining in our state. Experts tell us that the provisions in the bill ensure our state’s natural resources will be appropriately protected. More importantly, this proposal that opens the door for mining to return to Northern Wisconsin protects Wisconsin’s most important natural resource, bar none—our traditional families.

“To become or to remain independent of government, families must have jobs and sufficient income to adequately support the family unit. Northern Wisconsin has been especially hard-hit by the economic crisis we are still experiencing in this state, and that means the families in that area are struggling to remain or to become independent of government. But it isn’t just Northern Wisconsin families that would benefit from mining operations. All of the ancillary and related businesses that support this industry would also profit, potentially hiring more employees and thereby helping even more families to remain or become independent of government.

“Strong, independent family units pay taxes, invest, buy homes, volunteer in their communities, and in general contribute to the overall prosperity of Wisconsin. It is in our state’s best interest to strengthen, preserve and increase the number of these families. That is why Wisconsin Family Action supports this responsible mining bill and urges its passage and enactment, thereby opening the door for mining job-creators to come to and invest in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s best natural resource will certainly be well served by such a move, which means the entire state will benefit.”