All hail the Wisconsin Republican party, The New Statists, and their legislating tricksters.
Exhibit "A" - - Their outrageous special interest bill to strip local governments in Wisconsin of their ability to regulate sand mining that plays fast and loose with language, too.
But many towns with these water-sucking, dust-creating, traffic-snarling mines in their midst have limited or zero zoning powers, and state legislators know this.
The measure would affect counties and all types of municipalities, but would have have the greatest impact on towns. About 240 townships do not currently have zoning authority, and many of those are in western Wisconsin where sand mining has proliferated in recent years, according to the Wisconsin Towns Association.Republicans in the Walker corporatist era keep saying that all they and their business enablers want is the kind of regulatory "certainty" that only the state government can provide.
You didn't hear that line when Democrats ran state government; then the GOP was all about local control - - because that's where the people
Like people in Milwaukee. Or on a pre-Act 10 municipal/union bargaining committee.
And you still don't hear it when it comes to education and school policy, and the role of the State Department of Public Instruction, an office Republicans have not yet captured for a fresh infusion of their special kind of certainty.
Like a DNR now run by corporate insiders, for example.
The push to de-regulate sand mining is shameful situational, unprincipled and big money special-interest legislating.