Both the Senate and the Assembly were in session this week. On Tuesday the Senate voted on the following:
The Department of Natural Resources announced late yesterday that they have received an exploratory drilling application from Gogebic Taconite, LLC for mining activities related to the Penokee/Gogebic deposit located in Ashland and Iron counties.
The application about the project is available for viewing on the DNR’s new web page. A link is available on the website for anyone wishing to receive updates on the progress of the application.
According to Ann Coakley, DNR Waste and Materials Management Program Director, the agency will review and make a decision regarding the application within 10 business days per Wisconsin Act 1 (Senate Bill 1), the mining bill I authored that was signed into law in March.
The Penokee/Gogebic deposit is generally defined as the 21-mile western end of the 60-mile long Gogebic Iron Range, which stretches east to west from Lake Gogebic, Michigan, to Mineral Lake, Wisconsin.
For more information feel free to contact Ann Coakley at 608-516-2492 .
Wisconsin's Business Ranking Improves Again
Chief Executive magazine announced this week that Wisconsin ranks 17th on its “Best/Worst States for Business 2013” survey, the third consecutive year Wisconsin has improved its position among the nation’s best states for business. Wisconsin improved three places from 20th in 2012, and it recently saw the largest gain of any state in the history of the survey, moving seventeen places from the bottom ten, from 41st in 2010 to 24th in 2011.
Chief Executive magazine noted Wisconsin is moving in a positive direction declaring “Gov. Walker’s reelection was a positive signal business leaders were seeking.”
Below is an excerpt from the report:
More and more states are getting the pro-growth message. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s position is typical of this new thinking. “I’ve never seen a store get more customers by raising its prices, but I’ve seen customers knock down doors when they cut prices,” he says.
Read the full report here: Chief Executive’s Best/Worst States for Business 2013
Lincoln County Highway Commissioner Jerry Jagmin advised that weight limits will be suspended at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, May 13th on all Lincoln County Highways except the gravel portion of CTH E, which will remain posted until further notice.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation North Central Region announced today the schedule for removing the springtime posted road weight restrictions on some of the region’s state highways. Posted road weight restrictions on the following highways will be removed at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 13:
• WIS 52, Langlade and Forest County, from the WIS 55 to Smith Road (Forest County)
• WIS 107, Marathon and Lincoln County, from Marathon County A to WIS 64
• WIS 107, Lincoln County, from Matthew's Road to Lincoln County S
• WIS 153, Marathon and Shawano County, from Marathon County J to US 45
Class II roadway weight restrictions are still in effect. Additional information and updates for weight restrictions can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Web site at: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/truck/weightrestrictions.htm
Friday, May 10, 2013
Sen. Tom Tiffany's E-Update
May 10th, 2013