Scott Walker on Environment
But Walker said that his goal would be to get to a point where ethanol can compete openly and "you no longer need in the industry to have these subsidies."
Ethanol proponents argue that because oil companies own gas stations, consumers are unable to access ethanol and therefore it needs the government's support to break through oil's stronghold of the market.
During his 2014 race to secure a second term, Walker didn't campaign on some of the most sweeping changes in his current budget proposal: freezing a stewardship program for state lands; borrowing $1.3 billion for transportation; and cutting state universities by $300 million in exchange for unhooking them from many state laws.
For his part, Walker is sticking to his description of himself as a politician who lays out an agenda in advance and then delivers, saying that voters "want leaders who are going to spell out what they're going to do and then have the courage to act on it," Walker said this week.
A mine would be a lifeline to people in northwestern Wisconsin, where the unemployment rate in Iron County is the 2nd highest in the state at nearly 12 percent. But the benefits will be felt all across Wisconsin.
We have the potential for a billion and a half dollar investment here in our state that could lead to as many as 3,000 construction-related jobs and 2,800 long-term jobs. It's no wonder that I've heard from people in places like Clinton & Wausau, Green Bay & Prairie du Chien, Superior & Chippewa Falls, all who want us to pass this bill. We need to get started on this project as soon as possible.
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