A Walking Tour of the Maritime Center for Excellence.

Last week, Thursday, Bay Cities Radio had the opportunity to take a tour of the Maritime Center in Marinette and view the progress along with Representative, John Nygren, Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, and Ann Hartnell of the Marinette County Association of Business and Industry.  Ground breaking for the facility was in October of 20-16 with construction beginning shortly thereafter. The Maritime Center is expected to be complete in July with tenants moving in, in August.

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People Gather on Earth Day to protest the proposed Sulfide Mine.

People Gather on Earth Day to protest the proposed Sulfide Mine.

Menominee Sulfide Mine Protest 1Making their way over the Interstate Bridge, which connects Marinette and Menominee, Michigan were protesters saying the Aquila's Back Forty Mine Project should be stopped. Members of the Menominee Indian Tribe joined the protest and they say they are concerned about the effect the mine has on the water and on their sacred grounds.

Guy Reiter, a Menominee Tribe member, says the ancestors that are in the ground are extremely important to us.Menominee Sulfide Mine Protest 3Menominee Tribal Member - Guy Reiter

Retier says, everyone should be concerned.

Aquila Resources is currently in the process of obtaining the fourth and final permit which is needed to proceed with the sulfide mine.

Most recently, www.americanrivers.org listed the Menominee River as the tenth most endangered river in the United States.

 

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Thousands were in attendance for Wisconsin’s Last Public Budget Hearing.

It was a full auditorium Friday as the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature held its final public hearing on the State budget at Marinette High School. More than one-hundred people spokPhoto 2017 04 21 13 55 42 1123e to lawmakers on the panel pushing for Education, Mental Health Services, and the effects of the proposed sulfide-mine.

Citizen Speaker, Laurie Keen, says she wouldn’t be standing here today if it weren’t for the Mental Health services provided to her forty-years ago.

Rural roadways and Transportation as well as cuts to tuition in the U-W System were also of concern by many of the individuals in attendance.

This could could slow down the two-year spending plan, but Lawmakers did say they hope their work is finished by June.

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A Michigan Representative proposes Dark Store payback into the Millions.

Beau Lafave
State Representative, Beau LaFave is getting ready to introduce legislation that would require the State of Michigan to reimburse local governments and municipalities that lost money to big box stores in rulings by the Michigan Tax Tribunal. LaFave says what’s a good way to get a politician in Lansing to care about an Upper Peninsula problem? Make them pay for it!


LaFave says his colleagues will say they can’t afford it.

Currently, there’s a tax loophole that big box stores have been using to have their stores appraised as if they were dark and vacant. LaFave says the state should take ownership of the problem they’ve been unable to address. The bill is still about two weeks away from being introduced in the house.

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A Wisconsin Representative accuses a fellow Republican of bloviating.

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Representative, John Nygren and co-chair of the Wisconsin legislature’s budget committee is accusing Republican Steve Nass of bloviating and issuing meaningless press releases.

Nass criticized Nygren in a press release for saying that he was open to allowing tuition to increase at the University of Wisconsin, ending a five-year freeze and rejecting Governor Scott Walker’s cut to tuition.

Nygren took to twitter in a series of tweets in reaction to Nass’ by tweeting while Nass focuses on press releases, he and others on the budget committee are focused on governing and not meaningless press releases.

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