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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

 3:16 PM 

Debate continues on the substitute amendment

Most of the debate has been on the Democrat side, with Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, now making the point that clean water is becoming more scarse and that they need to make sure that they don't do anything to jeopardize existing water. He also said the state should not sell off state resources to an out-of-state company without recouping a decent amount of tax revenue.

"For us to do that, to put up on the auction block something so precious and have the opening bid be a quarter is absurd," Carpenter said.

Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, took issue with a previous claim made by Democrats about how much Republicans have taken from mining company interests. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said in late-January report that backers of the mining bill had given a total of $4.25 million to legislative candidates from 2010-2012. Grothman, who was listed as receiving $52,000 in that time frame, said their computation of that amount included everything from Tavern League members to transportation interests and that it didn't only represent the contributions of direct mining interests.

He labeled Wisconsin Democracy Campaign a "shady organization" and asked the senators to ignore anything they say in the future.


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