LETTER: Toss anti-mine legislatorsTo the Telegram: Democrat Sen. Bob Jauch and Republican Sen. Dale Schultz have destroyed their own credibility.
To the Telegram:
Democrat Sen. Bob Jauch and Republican Sen. Dale Schultz have destroyed their own credibility.
Their claims of “working for the working class, being worried about income disparities, supporting bargaining rights or knowing how to bring jobs to Wisconsin” now fall on deaf ears.
These two are responsible for killing the mining bill that would have returned taconite iron mining to the mining state of Wisconsin. The claim that Sen. Jauch supports unions and bargaining rights is false.
Union representatives demonstrated in favor of the mine; they had negotiated deals with the mining companies that would have provided about 700 private, union, mining jobs and about 2,000 additional jobs with an average income of $82,000 a year plus benefits.
We remember that the senators attempted amendment to the bill would result in infinite delays in licensing and excessive state taxes that drove Gogebic Taconite away from the project.
Salaries in the $82,000 range would have helped address the income disparity Jauch claims to resent.
Wisconsinites who earn $82,000 a year can invest in local economic projects and in educational opportunities for families. These opportunities enable citizens to enrich their lives, gain financial security, increase the size of the middle class and eliminate income disparities.
Jauch and Schultz destroyed these opportunities for at least 2,700 Wisconsinites. While Jauch and Schultz expect us to ignore their actions and to trust their ability to improve the economic environment of our state, we remember that the mining bill would have brought additional business and jobs to a variety of satellite industries such as Oldenburg Lakeshore in Rhinelander, Iron Mountain, and Iron River.
Under Democratic leadership, we remember that jobs had been leaving this state and Wisconsin had $300 billion in debt, Wisconsinites owed money to our neighbors and trust accounts for injured patients were raided and the money obviously wasted on more incompetently managed government programs.
The hypocritical claims of environmental concerns by Jauch and Schultz are recognized as false.
Mining is strictly regulated by the EPA, DNR, MSHA, and OSHA. The Wazee Lake is a mining pit that has become a beautiful tourist attraction and is proof that safe mining brings jobs to the area while being environmentally responsible.
When senators disappoint their constituents, our republic has an effective and inexpensive remedy: Vote them out of office.