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Congressional candidate Tiffany says recent rollbacks of federal wetlands protections won't affect WisconsinSubmitted: 02/03/2020
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Congressional candidate Tiffany says recent rollbacks of federal wetlands protections won't affect Wisconsin
MINOCQUA - President Donald Trump recently rolled back regulations on Wetlands protections. State senator and Congressional candidate Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) says Wisconsin's wetlands are safe.

Monday, Sen. Tiffany called the former federal wetlands restrictions redundant. He believes state entities, like Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources, should be making those rules.

The federal rollbacks, according to Tiffany, won't affect Wisconsin because the state already has some of the toughest wetlands regulations in the country.

"I think Wisconsin's wetlands will be protected and what was going on at the federal level was redundant," said Tiffany. "Let's leave it to the states. They're best situated to decided what's best for their state's needs."


Tom Tiffany and Jason Church will compete for the Republican nomination in the 7th Congressional District this year. They'll debate on Wisconsin Public Radio Thursday, Feb. 6 at 10 am. The special election primaries are on Feb. 18.

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