An analysis by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance takes a closer look at the recent failure to pass revisions to Wisconsin’s mining regulations. The latest issue of the nonpartisan group’s FOCUS newsletter, cites timing, contested case hearings, taxes and fees, distributing revenues, paying the DNR and environmental concerns as sticking points upon which compromise foundered. And there’s this:
But a more complete explanation must include the state’s politics, which have become ever more bitter and partisan, driven increasingly by personal ambition and interest-group demands. This trend explains much of the state’s fiscal dysfunction over the past decade. Add a megadose of political dysfunction, and mining compromise became less likely.
READ: FOCUS Digging into the mining debate (PDF)