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Thursday, January 26, 2012

 3:06 PM 

Dems sub amendment defeated

The Dems only attempt to amend the mining bill with a stripped down proposal was voted down in short order, 60-36.

The mining debate started out with an impassioned speech from Rep. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, who made the case for the Dems substitute amendment. Among the changes it would have made:

-Would increase the notice of intent payments from three payments of $50,000 for local communities to three payments of $100,000. That money is used by local communities to pay for legal and other costs related to negotiating agreements with the mining company.
-Says it adopts Minnesota timelines, which they say is a "model" of iron mining.
-Restores net proceeds tax to 100 percent local and imposes a tax on tonnage rather than simply "net proceeds."

Bewley said the request from Gogebic Taconite turned into a simply request for streamlining into rolling back environmental protections and raiding segregated funds.

"This gives you everything the mining company asked you for. It holds them to their word that they have no intention of changing environmental standards. Where did that come from? They didn't ask for it, so why is it in here?"


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