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NEWS STORIES

Lobbyists spent big bucks on miningSubmitted: 09/13/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Lobbyists spent plenty of money on bills to make it easier to site an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.

The Government Accountability Board yesterday released figures for the first half of the year.

Over 35-hundred hours were spent twisting arms on the mining bills, or more than 27 hours for each lawmaker.

Lobbyists reported spending just over 17-million during the first half of the year, a 28 percent decrease from 2011.

The total number of hours spent lobbying dropped by 25 percent.

The state budget was debated during the time period in both years.

However, in 2011 Wisconsin was the center of a national battle over union rights.

That was due to Governor Scott Walker's proposal curbing public workers' ability to collectively bargain.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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