If the mining bill fails, don't blame Dale Schultz. Blame the tone-deaf GOP leadership for failing to anticipate problems and deal with them in advance.
MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Senate Republican who broke ranks with his party and tried to kill the Assembly’s mining bill says he’ll meet with the finance committee co-chairs Friday afternoon on a possible compromise.
But Dale Schultz of Richland Center says he won’t compromise on the two things he wants in a mining package – preserving environmental protections, and keeping people’s rights to challenge DNR decisions.
The bill passed by the Assembly goes against Schultz’s stands on both counts. And without Schultz’s support, Senate leaders say they don’t have the votes to ratify the mining package that was approved by the Assembly in January.
Whether conservatives like it or not, Schultz is damn near invincible in his district. Nobody down in southwest Wisconsin cares about this mine. And the Senate GOP is likely destined for the minority in this summer's recalls. So for now, Schultz has all the cards.
The only real question is how badly the GOP leadership in the legislature wants to get this bill done.