In an address to the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce’s “State of Wisconsin Business” gathering last Wednesday, Scott Walker said his top priority for the next legislative session that begins in January is to pass a controversial iron mining bill drafted by WMC and lawyers for the Gogebic Taconite mining company that passed the assembly but failed in the senate earlier this year when Republican Senator Dale Schultz voted against it.
"We believe there's no other bill the Legislature can pass this session that will more directly result in job creation," said Walker to applause from the audience.
Walker’s hopes for better luck for AB 426 the second time around are based on the three seat Republican majority in the senate after elections last month. WMC poured over $2 million into attack ads against the Democratic Party incumbent Jessica King in the Fox Valley senate race. The ads focused on her vote against the mining bill. King lost the race to Republican Rick Gudex by 599 votes.
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