What could possibly go wrong with turning over responsibility for Dane County’s water quality plan to Republicans?
In a surprise move Tuesday, Republicans on the Legislature’s budget committee turned over responsibility for developing Dane County’s water quality plan to Gov. Scott Walker’s administration, but left the state’s 71 other counties alone.
Democrats bristled at the idea of Republicans writing a separate set of rules that target the most liberal county in Wisconsin while leaving the rest of the state alone.
“I know you don’t like Madison, but this is no way to show it,” Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) told Republicans on the committee.
The measure’s sponsor, Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), said he put forward the measure at the behest of developers but claimed he couldn’t recall their names.
“I don’t even remember who they were,” he said. “We had a couple meetings with a couple people.”
I don’t know about you, but the fact that Sen. Marklein couldn’t even remember the names of the developers for whom he’s working so hard is pretty galling, and it’s a clear example of exactly what’s wrong with our state government.