Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Legislators' Conservation Scorecard Released: Special "Dishonor" Mention for New Berlin's Mary Lazich

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters has released a comprehensive scorecard for legislators' performance in the just-concluded session.

State Sen. Mary Lazich, (R-New Berlin) wins a"dishonor" explanaatory mention separate from the posted charts for having continuing to vote against the Great Lakes Compact.

The final bill was a compromise supported even by Republican legislative leaders and the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

As has been pointed out often on this blog, Lazich was so tightly entwined with a fringe, property-rights anti-Compact movement in Ohio that she put wacky ideology over the interests of her own home city constituents and long-term Great Lakes sustainability.

New Berlin has submitted the first application for a Lake Michigan diversion allowable under the Compact: had Lazich's position prevailed, New Berlin's application, now pending, would not have been able to move forward in the review process.

Greg Kowalski puts it into perspective, here.

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