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Gov. Walker: Potential lawsuits shouldn't stop mining bill from passage


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says the possibility of lawsuits should not prevent legislators from passing a bill that makes it easier to open a new mine in Wisconsin.

Democrats said a Republican package proposed Wednesday would drown in a sea of litigation – and Janesville Senate Democrat Tim Cullen said the only new jobs created would be those of attorneys.

During an appearance near Wausau Thursday morning, the Republican Walker said there would be lawsuits no matter what type of bill is passed – and they would come from those who don’t want any mining at all.

He said the state would need to work through those issues – and the governor said they should interfere with the economic growth a new mine would generate. Walker also said he expects “reasonable adjustments” to the Republicans’ mining package.

There are renewed concerns about a relaxing of environmental protections, and the loss of public input. Walker said he’s open to working with anyone on those types of concerns – as long as he gets his bottom line of creating new mining jobs.