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Assembly Republicans: Mining Reform Top Priority
MADISON… Speaker-elect Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Majority Leader Scott Suder (R-Abbottsford) announced the first bill they will introduce in the 2013-2014 session will be legislation to reform the outdated mining laws in Wisconsin.
“Mining reform is a top priority in the state Assembly,” said Speaker-elect Vos. “I’m hopeful all the interested parties can come together to protect our environment and make mining reform happen.”
"Our state has a rich history of mining," said Majority Leader Suder. "Democrats and Republicans agree we should update our mining laws to hopefully bring a new mine and thousands of jobs to Wisconsin."
Assembly Republicans are joining Governor Walker today during his visits to companies that could benefit from a new iron ore mine in Wisconsin. The “Mining for Jobs” tour includes stops in Green Bay, Schofield and Milwaukee.
"Today we have the opportunity to show the citizens of Wisconsin that mining reform could have a large economic impact not only in northern Wisconsin but also throughout the state," said Majority Leader Suder.
A study from NorthStar Economics, Inc. revealed a new iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin could generate a $2 billion economic impact for the state of Wisconsin. This includes $20.6 million state and local tax revenue over the two-year construction process and a $604 million annual economic impact once operational.
The study also found that thousands of new jobs could be created from a new mining operation. More than 2,800 total long-term jobs would be generated with 700 direct mining positions and 2,100 support positions.
“It would irresponsible to ignore this great opportunity for job creation," said Speaker-elect Vos. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to finally bring mining reform to Wisconsin.”
The 2013-2014 legislative session officially begins Monday, January 7th.