Our economy in the Badger State continues to be headed in the right direction. With the passage of the new mining bill in the Senate, we will see 700 jobs be created that are related directly to the mine with an average labor income (with benefits) of $82,984. This means that this legislation is creating jobs that will certainly strengthen the middle class and create real long-term family supporting jobs.
Aside from the jobs related directly to the mine, 3,000 construction jobs will be created as well. Wisconsin will now return to its mining roots and bring an annual impact of $604 million in annual economic impact to Wisconsin. It would be a shame to leave this opportunity for economic growth buried underground because of partisan games and scare tactics by the Left. If anyone was ever worried about environmental impact, my response would be that we live in the 21st century. There was a time when mining certainly damaged the environment by way of "dig and destroy." The new technology we are able to use abandons that practice and allows our resources to remain pristine. Let's keep moving Wisconsin forward.