Calling this a case of mixed signals would be too charitable, given that the Walker administration's march against the Wisconsin environment continues unabated and he told us the DNR would be run with "a chamber-of-commerce mentality").
Triple threat State Senator, noted herpetologist, and mining handyman Glenn Grothman, (R-West Bend), has convinced Republicans (a hard sell, for sure!) on the Joint Finance Committee to cut 32 positions from the DNR.
Grothman said the jobs have been open for at least a year.Well, there goes the DNR's excuse offered up just about a year ago that a lack of staff - - but a correctable one - - was behind the agency's cut-back in pollution enforcement activity:
In the wake of a controversial agency wrist-slap for egregious human waste dumping, Matt Moroney, the DNR's powerful deputy, tells the Journal Sentinel that staff shortages are behind the drop in agency pollution enforcement actions:
In an interview, Moroney predicted more aggressive enforcement by the DNR in the future as vacancies are filled.
"Big picture: Once we get fully staffed, I think you are going to see the number increase," he said.