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Two lawmakers from southwest Wisconsin

voted with the majority in the State Assembly

yesterday, backing the mining bill that was


State Representative Travis Tranel of Cuba City

says one of the key reasons he voted for the bill,

is it could mean economic development

for an area that needs jobs.

Tranel says it’s important for people to realize

that the mine project won’t start tomorrow.


Tranel also says there are protections in the

legislation, to make the land where the mine is

gets the proper reclamation after the mine

is played out…or the company were to

abandon it.



Meanwhile, State Representative

Howard Marklein of Spring Green feels the

bill still maintains a proper balance of

economic benefits, while still upholding

environmental standards. If the mine does

occur, Marklein says it could mean jobs for

Ed Kraemer & Sons Construction of Plain,

which is in Marklein’s 51st Assembly

District. The bill now goes to Governor Walker

for his consideration, and he plans on signing