Contact: Eric Bott

Madison, Wisconsin – Americans for Prosperity – Wisconsin today called on lawmakers to support SB395, the Mining for America Act, that repeals Wisconsin’s longstanding ban on mining and modernizes several outdated, job-killing regulations on the state’s once-vibrant mining industry. The announcement from AFP-WI, the state’s largest free-market grassroots organization with a base of over 130,000 activists, comes as the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry holds a special public field hearing in Ladysmith today.

Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin State Director Eric Bott made the following statement:

“AFP-Wisconsin fully supports the Mining for America Act and urges all lawmakers to vote for it. While Madison prepares to give a three billion dollar tax incentive to create jobs in Southern Wisconsin, they must not ignore the citizens and the economy of Northern Wisconsin. Northern Wisconsinites are not asking for a taxpayer handout or any special treatment. They are simply asking for the government to get out of the way and allow them to safely and responsibly develop their own abundant natural resources. For far too long, unemployment in Northern Wisconsin has remained higher than in other parts of our state. Pro-growth reforms like the Mining for America Act will help to reinvigorate the region’s economy while still maintaining the highest standards for public health and safety. We commend Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Rob Hutton for their leadership on this issue.”

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