Union leader criticizes mining bill vote

Blames "ugly partisan politics"

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by Mike Strehlow

Milwaukee--Lyle Balistreri wasn't scheduled to speak during Wednesday night's "Reclaim Wisconsin" rally at Serb Hall, but took the stage anyway to lash out against what he called the "ugly partisan politics" that led to the rejection of a mining permit bill.

He singled out the 16 senate democrats who voted no including Milwaukee State Senator Spencer Coggs who was also in attendance.

Balistreri represents more than 15-thousand construction trades workers in southeast Wisconsin, men and women who would have benefited from the mining reform bill.

"For the Senate Democrats to vote against this bill is a sign that they're not with us. They're certainly not job creators, and in fact they're job killers. And I'm sick and tired of the partisan politics in the State of Wisconsin. The working people in the state of are taking a beating. Democrats and Republicans are at each other's throats, and this sort of thing has to stop," said Balistreri.

State Senator Spencer Coggs told CBS 58 that Senate Republicans were unwilling to make compromises necessary to protect the environment.

State Senator Dale Schultz was the lone republican who side with democrats and voted no.

The company that was hoping to build that mine now says it's giving up all plans for Wisconsin.

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