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Senator Tiffany Introduces Bill SB349... 

SB349 Threatens Public Health...

Raises Local Taxes.

says Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters

In a press release dated October 24, 2013, the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters states that State Senator Tiffany (R)  (Hazlehurst) introduced SB349 into the Wisconsin State Senate. 

 The League fears SB349 will

  • Prevent local authorities from enacting for local air and water quality controls.


  • Will keep local authorities from monitoring air and water quality.


  • Reduce the ability of locals to regulate clean up by polluters.


“SB 349 strips the power and autonomy of local governments to make it easier for factory farms, frac sand mining companies, and others to pollute.  SB 349 is an attack on local autonomy and a statewide threat to public health…” writes Anne Sayers, Program Director for the League.

At the same time, the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters points out that a similar bill, LRB 3146, is currently circulating in the Wisconsin Assembly, seeking cosponsors.

Regarding LRB 3146, the League writes… “No one knows better than local governments how to identify and address public health threats.  Because of that, over the years communities have come to rely on their local authorities to be the first line of defense in protecting their air and water quality and water supplies."

"LRB 3146 would prevent all local authorities from passing protections for and monitoring of their own air and water quality and water quantity." 

"In addition, the bill further erodes local governments' ability to regulate frac sand mining, only giving them a say when it comes time to clean up the mess and even then, holding them to the lowest possible standard".

"LRB 3146 also prevents local governments' ability to control blasting in their communities and effectively prevents local governments from collecting funds from those - like frac sand companies - that destroy local roads.”

Frac sand production has been reported to release Silica dust into the air.

This fine crystalline silica dust, “is known to cause serious health problems in workers.”

Some local municipalities and counties have passed zoning to maintain safe conditions for their residents and keep road repair expense under control. 

However, officials are expressing concern over their future loss of local control should either of these bills be enacted.


I love my Romney Care

     On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obama Care) was constitutional.

    Yet, GOP opponents in Congress have now voted to repeal the plan 33 times.    Speaker of the House, John Boehner, says that he wants to “tear the health care plan out by its’ roots.” 


        Boehner hasn’t offered a replacement plan.


    However, Boehner hasn’t offered a replacement plan including a way to cover Americans already protected by parts of the ACA (Obama Care) which is already in affect for people with pre-existing conditions.  Because the ACA is now in place, people who develop a health condition cannot be dropped by their health insurance provider or forced by increased pricing to drop out of their plan.  The value of this insurance protection to Americans is beginning to show in the ability of people not having to live in fear of loosing their job which generally lead to loosing their employer provided health insurance coverage.

    The GOP claims that the cost of the new health care system will break the government budget.  However, studies show differently and that these budget claims are politically motivated.  For a look at how the system will operate, we have only to look at the Massachusetts plan (Romney Care).


                   Will the ACA actually work?


  •     We know that Obama Care is a copy of the Massachusetts health care plan.
  •     This is where Candidate Mitt Romney and the GOP have a problem. 
  •     In 2006, Governor, Mitt Romney promoted and signed the Massachusetts Health Care Act into law. 
  •     The problem for the GOP is that Romney Care is workingPeople are happy with it.


  Romney Care is working.   People are happy with it.


    In a March, 2011 story, Reuters released a poll showing that 84 percent of Massachusetts residents were satisfied with the plan.  The plan (Romney Care) was given “high marks” for the services and quality of care offered.

    A poll taken, February 2012 by WBUR in Massachusetts, shows that 62 Percent of those polled say that they support the law.  While it is difficult to compare different polls because of the use of different wording & questions (satisfied vs. support, etc.), the numbers indicate a favorable consensus for the Massachusetts health care law.  Ninety-nine percent of Massachusetts residents are now covered by the health insurance plan. 

    Another interesting part of the WBUR poll was that 68% say they think Mitt Romney opposes Obama Care because “he’s trying to win votes.”


68% think Romney is “trying to win votes” by opposing Obama Care.


    In a press release, Wisconsin 1st Congressional Candidate Rob Zerban stated, “I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, protecting millions of Americans from living at the mercy of health insurance corporations.”


         Congressional Candidate Rob Zerban (white shirt) with the people 
                          assembled to greet Sister Simone.

    Zerban is running in opposition to Wisconsin Congressman, Paul Ryan, who is known for his efforts to make cuts in Social Security, Medicare and for his opposition to the ACA.  For additional information, refer to our article on seniors protesting Paul Ryan and the bus tour of Sister Samone Campbell.


The background information, below, was provided

by Congressional Candidate Rob Zerban regarding

the southeastern corner of Wisconsin

As a result of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care),
 in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District:

3,000 young adults now have health insurance who previously did not

9,300 Seniors received prescription drug discounts worth $5.9 million, an average discount of $640 per senior citizen

82,000 Seniors received Medicare preventive services without paying any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles

41,000 children and 150,000 adults now have health insurance that covers preventive services without paying any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles

470 small businesses received tax credits to help maintain or expand health care coverage for their employees

$6.5 million in public health grants have been given to community health centers, hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers in the district to improve the community’s health

9,000 to 42,000 children with preexisting health conditions can no longer be denied coverage by health insurers


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