The bill has reignited the fight with conservationists, but this time Republicans have a larger majority in the Senate, making passage appear inevitable.The finance committee's four Democrats ripped the bill Monday as a "sweetheart deal" for Gogebic Taconite. They tried to attach a half-dozen amendments to the bill Monday, including imposing a tax on ore a mining company extracts, removing a $2 million cap on permit application fees, allowing contested cases before the final decision and removing the presumption wetland damage is necessary and ensuring the DNR can't issue a permit unless the agency is certain the mine won't hurt the public.
Wisconsin Budget Panel Approves Mining Bill
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