Wisconsin's gem, the wild and scenic St. Croix River, is under attack by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Rep. Adam Jarchow. They have introduced legislation that erodes river protections that have stood us in good stead for 50 years. Why? Apparently, they believe that rich people should be exempt from rules.
New owners of the Lodge on St. Croix property in Somerset flaunted all zoning rules that govern this national scenic riverway when they built a patio and deck. In 2015, the county sued them and won. This ruling was upheld in court with Judge Scott Needham stating, "(the) defendants were well aware of the requirements of the zoning code but chose to disregard them."
At this point, the average person would be slapped with hefty fines and required to bring the building to code. Not so, if you are among the elite constituents - you just have Jarchow and Harsdorf rewrite the law for you!
When I called Jarchow's office to express my outrage his staffer said, "Jarchow just wants to give control to the local level." What a hypocrite. This is the same Jarchow who took control of area lakes away from counties and local lake associations and gave it to the state. Why? Follow the money.
So, the next time you hear Jarchow or Harsdorf saying they are doing something to promote local control or to benefit the average person, don't buy it. Jarchow and Harsdorf have demonstrated that they only care about elite constituents who don't want to follow the rules like everyone else.
Please call your reps and demand that they kill the bill (Senate Bill 309, Assembly Bill 399.)
Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017
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