First it was the trade group's former executive director, Matt Moroney, getting the deputy position.
Now Pat Stevens, the builders' former general counsel, gets a senior regulatory management position as head of the agency's air and waste division.
From the Builders' website:
"Pat Stevens is General Counsel for the Wisconsin Builders Association. In addition to providing WBA with legal services, Pat staffs the WBA Legal and Building Code Hotline, which is available to all WBA members. He also manages WBA’s Builders Legal Action and Research Fund, which funds legal actions and research projects that are of interest to the housing industry. Moreover, he is extensively involved in regulatory, legislative and policy matters on behalf of the association."
Stevens has had stints with the road-builders and the WMC, too.
The Journal Sentinel expands on Stevens' bio:
"Pat Stevens, Division of Air and Waste. Stevens, 49, new to DNR, will oversee Air Management, Waste and Materials Management, Remediation and Redevelopment and Cooperative Environmental Management, including Green Tier, programs. Stevens brings 17 years of experience with DNR programs as general counsel for the Wisconsin Builders Association, counsel for the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association and environmental policy director for Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. In these roles, he collaborated with DNR and others on the development of a number of DNR rules. In other experience, Stevens served as Assistant Attorney General in North Dakota from 1988-92, working with the Natural Resources and Indian Affairs Division and Tax Commissioner’s Office. He holds a B.A in business management from Arizona State University and a law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law."Note also that Walker's plan to restrict wind turbine siting will make some land more valuable for home-building.
Cathy Stepp, the agency Secretary-designee, comes from the home-building industry, too.
Anyone see the pattern developing here?
How much influence does big business get in this crucial environmental regulatory agency?
Goodbye Public Trust Doctrine.