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Senate Strikes Job-Creating Gold with Final Passage of Mining for America Act

Measure Backed by AFP-WI Clears Senate, Heads to Governor Walker’s Desk

By - Nov 7th, 2017 07:40 pm
Sand Mining. Photo is in the Public Domain.

Sand Mining. Photo is in the Public Domain.

MADISON, WI – Americans for Prosperity – Wisconsin commended the Senate today for passing AB 499, the Mining for America Act, sending the legislation to Governor Scott Walker’s desk for his signature. The legislation repeals the longstanding moratorium on mining while modernizing outdated regulations that will create good-paying jobs in Northern Wisconsin. AFP-WI’s base of over 130,000 activists had been engaged in an aggressive, long-term grassroots outreach campaign to encourage legislators to support the legislation.

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

“AFP-WI activists know how important passage of this legislation is to the economy of Northern Wisconsin and worked extremely hard to encourage Madison to get this over the finish line before the end of the year. We are pleased that lawmakers seized this opportunity to halt the population decline for the North and close the unemployment gap between urban and rural Wisconsin. The Mining for America Act will bring back good-paying, blue-collar jobs to these communities and revitalize our once-vibrant mining industry. Northern Wisconsinites will once again be allowed to safely and responsibly develop their rich natural resources and reap the economic rewards of their labor.”

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit

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One thought on “Senate Strikes Job-Creating Gold with Final Passage of Mining for America Act”

  1. Maybe 70 jobs will be available for all the out of work mining hands from wherever who will move to the area with their skills, require housing, health care, “entertainment” for a few years. Then what? Bye bye boom, on to bust! Who is richer? Who is poorer? What remains? What happens to the one industry that is sustainable over the long term? It is called tourism in a formal way but perhaps it is more than that. What of those who love wild spaces, outdoor sports and activities in all seasons? What of those who just want to know there is a place on the planet that isn’t in someone’s pocketbook? Perhaps there is someone whose moral sense is so highly developed that they will want to protect the rights of indigenous peoples, or perhaps choose for future generations the possibility of survival. Is this mining for America or mining of America?

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