Shirl LaBarre and Jim Miller of Hayward testify in support of proposed mining permit legislation during a public hearing at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, M.P. King)
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A lobbyist for a company looking to open a giant iron mine near Lake Superior promised Wednesday it would return to Wisconsin and hire residents if legislators pass a bill easing the regulatory path.
Gogebic Taconite lobbyist Bob Seitz told lawmakers during a public hearing that the company intends to return to Wisconsin if the bill passes. Seitz acknowledged the company may hire some out-of-state workers with specialized expertise but would hire from within the state as well. He said Wisconsin workers are committed to their homes and can handle the harsh winters, making it more likely they’ll stay with their jobs.
“What do people think is wrong with Wisconsin workers?” Seitz said. “I don’t know why we wouldn’t stick with the workers we have here.”
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