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Gov. Walker discusses priorities in coming year

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R)
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R)

Governor Walker says he would not sign a mining bill that he believes would hurt the environment.

The Republican governor told the AP that last year’s recall elections made it harder for a mining package to be approved.

Lawmakers failed to compromise on a package that most Republicans said would create jobs – but Democrats said would have hurt the environment while reducing public input in the process.

Walker said he would consider a bill that ends a 15-year moratorium on mines that produce acid pollution – but he doesn’t want to hurt the state’s agriculture and tourism.

Also today, Walker said he would sign a bill that ends same-day voter registration – but he won’t make it a priority to push for such a measure.

Walker recently told GOP supporters in California that he thinks the elimination of same-day registration would take pressure off older poll workers. But critics accused the governor of trying to discourage voting by groups that normally vote for Democrats, like college students and the poor.

The Republican said the issue is getting too much attention – and he’s more focused on improving the economy as he develops his next budget proposal.

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