Wisconsin GOP looking to curtail mine protests, considering shutting down access to site

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  • Updated: June 18, 2013 - 5:00 PM

MADISON, Wis. — Republicans are looking to curtail public access to an iron mine site in far northwestern Wisconsin in hopes of stopping protesters from interfering with the project.

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paige7Jun. 18, 13 7:28 PM

Classic Republican tactic.... disagree with us, and we'll just change the rules so you can't. How many times have we seen this in the past decade?? And, why do the American people continue to put up with it?

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mnenelsonJun. 19, 13 9:00 AM

So GTAC mining first gets a sweetheart deal and avoids paying property taxes on this site because they lease the land as public trust land. And the one concession of not paying property taxes is that the land needs to remain open for public use like hiking, fishing and hunting. But apparently now they want the Republican law makers in Wisconsin to even write out that concession and remove "Public" out of the Public trust land. And when you want to employ the same cheap techniques of mountaintop removal and open pit mining that the Cline Group has been using for decades in West Virginia to extract the coal there, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the long term outcome for the region from this project isn't going to be pretty. What next, free city Police provided security of the mine site on the public dime ... oh wait they already got that as well.

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