What’s the Matter With Wisconsin?

And we’re not talking about the state’s recent labor showdown.

What hasn’t gotten as much attention, is the new governor’s “assault on environmental regulations,” writes Gary Wilson in a commentary on Great Lakes Echo. Wilson cites several examples, among them: a proposal to weaken regulation around phosphorous. (More on why you should care about that and how it impacts the Great Lakes here.)

Wilson sees this as especially unfortunate, as the state was long considered a leader on environmental issues.

He tells Echo readers:

“National labor leaders rallied behind Wisconsin workers as their bargaining rights were under attack. Great Lakes environmental leaders should do no less to protect Wisconsin’s environment. Because what happens in Wisconsin impacts all of us, this isn’t the time to be on the sidelines.”

Great Lakes Echo is a project of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. Check them out for other Great Lakes stories.

-KG

4 Comments

Filed under Great Lakes, Politics, the environment

4 responses to “What’s the Matter With Wisconsin?

  1. There are terrible environmental impact issues within the budget including gutting funds for local recycling, farmland preservation and the phosphorus laws you mention. It has taken years for the state, construction industry and farmers to come together to try to keep phosphorus out of the water. It is a huge issue for Madison since we are located on four lakes. I cannot think of one good thing to come out of Walker’s budget. Though we do consider him to be Wisconsin’s No.1 union organizer!

  2. What’s wrong with Wisconsin? What’s wrong with liberal America? It’s about time the people of Wisconsin came to their senses and got rid of unfair regulations that are not solutions. When you drive the free market away from the problem, it can’t create SOLUTIONS and your left with Regulations that don’t SOLVE anything.

    We should privatize the Great Lakes and pipe out to southern states because it’s cheaper than all the liberal environmental crap like lite flow toilets that have to be flushed three times our water saving showers, dishwashers and easing machines that leave you and your stuff dirty.

    We have plenty of water, but the liberal states that surround the Great Lakes have the water in a strangle hold and it’s not fair to the rest of American taxpayers.

    Bottled water is also safer than tap water and bottling the great lakes would create a lot more fair wage free market jobs for many than a few overpaid union government jobs for tap water.

  3. MWBrown

    Paris Palin’s post has to be a joke…right?

    It’s folks like Paris to whom we need to give the largest megaphone we possibly can. Just as Walker is now the country’s most effective union organizer, The Hard Right’s insane ramblings will galvanize the silent, intelligent majority.

    Privatize the Great Lakes!?!?

    These people are truly dangerous.

  4. Thought you might want to see this post on Jim Rowen’s excellent blog: //thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2011/04/waukeshas-water-diversion-application.html

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