Tuesday, February 16, 2016

For now, WI Legislature balks at local water privatization

Though the bill to help out-of-state businesses buy municipal water and sewer systems in Wisconsin had sailed through the Assembly, it appears that outrage statewide has, for now, convinced the GOP-controlled State Senate to shelve the measure.

The bill was a sop to one out-of-state business and had no grassroots support in Wisconsin.

Props to the organizers and opponents, like Milwaukee Riverkeeper, who backed the State Senate down.

But remember - - the industry-crafted iron-mining bill appeared dead before it came back to life prior to the proposed mine's demise - - and yes, the bill is still on the books - -  so take nothing for granted when it comes to what special interests expect from their water-carriers in and around the State Capitol.

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