Former state Sen. Bob Jauch says the bruising political battle over the mining bill “tore the community apart. It pitted neighbor versus neighbor. It destroyed relationships. And for what? All to come to the conclusion that this thing was never feasible in the first place.”
Now the GOP is assured of a 18-15 lead — enough to make Schultz as irrelevant as the Democratic minority. But the Republican from Richland Center is optimistic that the Senate will pass a bill that has his support.
During the first six months of this year, registered lobby groups spent $13.9 million trying to influence state government, pushing the total spent on lobbying for the session that began in January 2011 to $52.3 million.