(Sun Prairie, WI) – Northern Wisconsin is one of the hardest hit areas of the state with respect to joblessness. Recent labor statistics indicate that the unemployment rate in Iron county is 11.9%, the second highest in the state. AB1/SB1, the mining bill currently being considered by the Wisconsin State Legislature, is a pathway to many jobs in northern Wisconsin. It also may lead to many manufacturing jobs in southeast Wisconsin and elsewhere.
This bill would help to clear the way for Gogebic to build a state-‐of-‐the-‐art taconite mine in northern Wisconsin and thereby play a key role in restoring prosperity to areas of this state that have long struggled with depressed economic opportunity. The potential for positive impact is staggering. Modern technology can be utilized to bring a valuable resource to the market that will benefit people the world over, while simultaneously advancing Wisconsin’s economy by revitalizing areas of this state that have had to put their dreams on hold long enough.
Over the past year we have been gathering input, right along with our legislators. Now the voices of the people we’ve all spoken to must be heard.
Wanting clean air and water as much as anyone, we have done our research carefully and are convinced that sufficient safeguards will remain in place to protect the quality of life of the people in the communities involved. More importantly, we are convinced that the people of these communities are satisfied and that Gogebic will continue to be responsible for its practices in this regard.
We the undersigned grassroots groups in Wisconsin unequivocally support the prospect of good, solid, honest jobs afforded by the Mining Bill and urge the legislature to pass and Governor Walker to sign AB1/SB1 into law as soon as possible.
Northwoods Patriots Uninfringed Liberty Sun Prairie Patriots
Kim Simac Annette Olson Jeffrey Horn
Founder & President Co-‐Founder Organizer
Wisconsin 9/12 Project United In Freedom Tea Party Perspective
Kirsten Lombard Charles Brey Racine, WI
Citizens for Responsible Menomonee Falls Concerned Citizens of
Government Tax Payer Association Iowa County
Shirl LaBarre Steven Welcenbach Dan Curran
Northern Rep President Organizer
Sheboygan Liberty Conservative Insurgency Sauk County TEA Party
Coalition Steven Welcenbach John Meegan
Oriannah Paul Co-‐Founder Organizer
UpNorth Tea Party Manitowoc County TEA Green Bay TEA Party
Patriots Movement James Murphy
Maryanne Morgan James Leist Treasurer
Wisconsin Conservative Mayville Tea Party Ozaukee Patriots
Digest Jayne Gohr Joanne Terry
Bob Dohnal Co-‐Founder & Organizer Founder & President
Southern Wisconsin Fond du Lac TEA Party FoundersIntent.org
Alliance of Taxpayers Jim Kiser Eddie Willing
Paul Lembrich Organizer Director
Lake Country Area Fox Valley Initiative Tea Party Patriots
Defenders of Liberty Edward Perkins Michael Hintze
Darin Danelski Organizer Wisconsin State Coordinator