Sunday, March 16, 2008

Great Lakes Compact Compromise: Who Blinks?

There's talk of a deal to approve a compromised Great Lakes Compact bill.

Which is curious, as the version approved by the State Senate affirms the Compact as is, while the Assembly version sought such basic changes in diversion procedures that four other Great Lakes states would have to redo their own bills.

Pretty unlikely.

A deal could involve concessions in DNR rules or procedures down the road when diversion implementation, particularly to the City of Waukesha, would come into play.

There could also be Democratic trade-offs in other matters, such as details in the budget repair bill.

Not too clear on what's in it for the Dems and the Governor, since the GOP's obstructionism was so one-sided and blatant.

Time may tell.

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