WESTON, WI (WSAU) - Governor Scott Walker was in Weston this morning as part of his travelling State of the State message. Just like Tuesday night, Walker emphasised job creation and support for new environmentally responsible mining to help create those jobs. He addressed workers at Applied Laser Technologies shortly after 8:30 a.m.
Walker welcomes yesterday’s announcement by Democratic State Senator Tim Cullen to draft alternative mining legislation. "We're open to working with anyone, Democrat or Republican alike, who would like to make reasonable adjustments to the proposed legislation. We assumed what they proposed yesterday wasn't going to be the final bill.”
Walker is convinced that no matter what version of the mining bill becomes signed into law, there will be a legal battle to try to stop any new mine. "The reality is, no matter what bill you pass, it doesn't matter if it's the one proposed by a Democrat or Republican or the one that was proposed yesterday, there will ultimately be lawsuits on anything like this just because there are some who are dead set against any mining in the state of Wisconsin. The reality is that will ultimately work its way through the legal process. That shouldn't be a barrier to economic growth in the state."
The Governor’s goal is to have an environmentally safe way for new mines to start and create jobs, which is what it’s all about.
The Governor admitted that reaching his goal of 250-thousand new jobs has been difficult, but says he doesn’t want to make excuses and is doubling down on efforts to help businesses expand the workforce.
Walker has stops in La Crosse and Superior, plus he will be at the dedication of the new Chippewa Falls Veterans Home. The Governor will also address the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Rapids this evening.