Governor-elect Scott Walker named his cabinet appointees yesterday, and putting aside his “everything old is new again” approach in choosing three cabinet secretaries straight out of the Tommy Thompson era, Walker adopted a “foxes in the henhouse” approach by appointing home builder Cathy Stepp as head of the Department of Natural Resources. As if to further emphasize the new, anti-conservation approach the DNR will be taking under Walker and Stepp, Matt Moroney, who previously worked as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee, was named Deputy Secretary of the DNR.
Clearly the DNR under the direction of Cathy Stepp and Matt Moroney will be less concerned about protecting and preserving Wisconsin’s natural resources, instead focusing on how those natural resources can be exploited by developers.
In addition to the foxes that are now in the DNR henhouse, Walker’s appointment of George W. Bush administration official Dennis Smith as Secretary of the Department of Health could mean bad news for Wisconsin’s seniors, as Smith helped try to end Wisconsin’s SeniorCare program during his time in the Bush administration.
Oh hey….did I mention the new Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions is a banker? Peter Bildsten, who will be in charge of oversight for Wisconsin’s financial institutions, is a thirty year veteran of the financial services industry, most recently serving as the CEO of troubled Maritime Savings Bank.
So let’s recap….developers in charge of the Department of Natural Resources, a health care opponent in charge of administering Wisconsin’s health insurance programs, and a banker in charge of oversight and regulation of financial institutions. Foxes in henhouses indeed…