Koch Brothers Want Less Local Control
GOP bill would limit city, county control over substandard lots.
Once again, Republicans in the Legislature are trying to take power away from local governments.
Their bills (AB 479 and SB 387) would limit the ability of villages, towns, cities, and counties to enforce their current policies on substandard lots. And it would exempt some private ponds from a DNR regulation.
The bill is backed by some of the biggest special interests in Wisconsin, including Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (the state’s biggest business lobby), Americans for Prosperity (founded by the Koch Brothers), and the Wisconsin Realtors Association. Together, these three groups have spent more than $36 million since 2010 to help elect Gov. Scott Walker and to put Republicans in control of the Legislature. The breakdown is as follows:
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce: $18.6 million
Americans for Prosperity: $5.6 million
Wisconsin Realtors Association: $11.9 million
Other business interests that have registered in favor of the bill include the Aggregate Producers of Wisconsin, the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, Madison Area Builders Association, Marshfield Clinic, NAIOP (the Commercial Real Estate Development Association), T. Wall Enterprises, and the Wisconsin Builders Association.