Thursday, May 15, 2008

Jauch: GOP Leaders Should Undo Their Negative Alliance With Ohio's Compact Killers

State Sen. Bob Jauch, (D-Poplar), having seen his efforts to pass Great Lakes legislation succeed in the Senate in March, but die in the Assembly last month, rightfully reminds GOP legislators that they played an unnecessary and dangerously ideological political game with the Compact and its opponents in Ohio.

And while the Wisconsin legislature finally did pass a Compact bill yesterday that was somewhat weaker than what Jauch had helped guide through the Senate, Ohio's measure is still blocked there by the same fringe elements that Wisconsin legislators emboldened.

The Compact does not move to its final ratification step in the Congress until all eight of the Great Lakes states approve it, and Ohio remains a major stumbling block, with Michigan and Pennsylvania also without final legislation.

Good for Jauch. Memorializing who did and said what in this long legislative struggle is important.


Dave1 said...

Not to pick nits, but you post shows Sen. Jauch as R-Poplar, it should be D-Poplar.

Sen. Jauch is to be commended for his work in moving the compact forward. He worked hard to be sure compact was both strong and at the same time allowed responsible economic development to take place in the basin.

James Rowen said...

Apologizes to both Sen. Jauch and readers for the party misidentification. We all need editing.

Anonymous said...

"He worked hard..."

He did?? Not by my recollection.