A Freshman representative from the northwoods is wasting little time getting into the mining debate.
A dozen members of the state Assembly plan to tour a potential mine site in far northwestern Wisconsin, which is being organized by Representative Mary Czaja.
Republicans are pushing a bill to streamline state mining regulations in hopes of persuading Gogebic Taconite to dig a huge open-pit iron mine along the border between Ashland and Iron counties.
While the site is outside Czaja’s district, aide Emily Loe says Czaja toured the site several weeks ago, found the visit productive and thought other legislators would benefit from seeing the area.
On her campaign website, Czaja said she wanted to “streamline mining regulations to allow for environmentally-sound mining, which could create thousands of jobs in Wisconsin. “
Six Republicans and six Democrats have agreed to the visit the site today. The aide says the visit will be informal and the legislators are paying their own way.