Gov Walker on mine bill failing to pass: 'It's a huge disappointment'

CREATED Mar 7, 2012

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MADISON- Governor Walker is responding to a vote in the senate that effectively kills a bill to streamline Wisconsin's mining permitting process.  He claims an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin would have spurred thousands of jobs across the state.

"It's a huge disappointment more than anything for people that are unemployed, particularly in Iron and Ashland County, but for that matter all around the state.  This potentially statewide could have been as many as 2,300 jobs," said Gov. Walker.  "It could have been an investment of a billion and a half dollars that could have led to 600-700 jobs immediately at the mine."

The governor says he's holding out hope senators can change course before the end of the legislative session this month.