From: Steven Schild
It is rank Republican hypocrisy — the party that claims to support limited government and individual rights backing a bill that would lock citizens out of decision-making about the communities where they live, work, and raise children.
That’s exactly what Republican Wisconsin State Sen. Tom Tiffany wants. His bill, which recently cleared a Wisconsin legislative committee on a party-line vote with full Republican support, would take away local communities’ authority to regulate non-metallic mines, including frac-sand mines. Tiffany wants to give the state complete control.
Why? Maybe he doesn’t think citizens have any business being involved in local government. Or maybe he doesn’t like it that citizens have had some modest success in protecting communities from sand companies that want to control through rubber-stamp decisions.
If Tiffany really cared about what citizens say, he’d listen to the statewide township association’s opposition to his bill. Or he’d listen to the people of Trempealeau and Buffalo counties who have seen those beautiful landscapes overrun by companies that likely will be long gone after they’ve taken what they want and left the people who live there to deal with whatever damage is done.