Stateline Midwest ~ April 2013
Over the two sessions that Wisconsin lawmakers considered passage of controversial new mining legislation, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Tom Tiffany, heard hours of testimony from both sides. But he says that perhaps the most powerful story of all came from a northern Wisconsin family.
To make a living, Tiffany recounts, the father has been leaving home for work hundreds of miles away in North Dakota, for fracking jobs in the Bakken oil shale.
Why not try to bring those types of jobs to Wisconsin? Tiffany and other supporters of SB 1 argued. In the end, they won out — but barely. Opposition to the measure was strong, with the bill passing by the narrowest of margins in the Senate (17-16).