10 pages have the tag Local Control

  • /news/columns/2014/sand-mine-bill-strips-local-powers-community-s-ability-to-say-no/
    Summary Should communities be able to prevent development of sand mines? Can communities set rules if sand mine operations are inadequate to protect nearby residents?
    Body Sand Mine Bill Strips Local Powers, Community’s Ability to Say “No” Should communities be able to prevent development of sand mines? Can communities set rules if sand mine operations are inadequate to protect nearby residents? A new “communities ...
  • /news/columns/2015/uber-vs-taxi-cabs-is-a-statewide-preemption-of-local-laws-a-good-idea/
    Summary Could a ride-sharing company known as Uber be in your future? Testimony from company lobbyists suggests we may soon see the San Francisco based app-driven ride-sharing company in rural Wisconsin.
    Body Uber vs. Taxi Cabs: Is a Statewide Preemption of Local Laws a Good Idea? Could a ride-sharing company known as Uber be in your future? Testimony from company lobbyists suggests we may soon see the San Francisco based app-driven ride-sharing compan...
  • /news/columns/2016/whose-property-rights-are-most-important/
    Summary “My neighbor likes to expand his lot,” Kelly told me. “First he put up a stone fence on our property and then he built a jungle gym for his kids on his other neighbor’s property.” The fence stayed but the jungle gym came down.
    Body Whose Property Rights Are Most Important? “My neighbor likes to expand his lot,” Kelly told me. “First he put up a stone fence on our property and then he built a jungle gym for his kids on his other neighbor’s property.” The fence stayed but the ...
  • When “Up” is “Down”

    Last edited: 04/17/2018

    /news/columns/2017/when-up-is-down/
    Summary A last-minute budget amendment has folks in Western Wisconsin very worried.
    Body   When “Up” is “Down” Trying to understand last minute deals taking away local powers A last-minute budget amendment has folks in Western Wisconsin very worried. Locals have spent seven years negotiating with large sand mines to reach agreements...
  • /news/columns/2013/who-is-a-renter-going-to-call/
    Summary When a renter calls the city for help, local officials might have their hands tied under a bill that recently passed the Senate. The bill would not allow a local ordinance to govern renters and landlords
    Body Who is a Renter going to call? Bill takes away Local Protections for Renters When a renter calls the city for help, local officials might have their hands tied under a bill that recently passed the Senate. The bill would not allow a local ordinan...
  • /news/columns/2013/vinehout-why-should-politicians-in-madison-control-our-communities/
    Summary “I don’t know why any legislator from western Wisconsin would turn control over our land to politicians in Madison.”
    Body Vinehout: “Why Should Politicians in Madison Control our Communities?” Senator Kathleen Vinehout’s statement on release of a sand mine bill that rolls back local powers: “Why should politicians in Madison control our communities? They don’t live h...
  • /news/press-releases/2014/statement-on-committee-passage-of-senate-bill-632/
    Summary “This bill creates a legal quagmire for counties and towns who may not be able to stop a frac sand mine or regulate an existing mine...”
    Body Statement on Committee Passage of Senate Bill 632 Bill stripping local control passes on split vote   “This bill creates a legal quagmire for counties and towns who may not be able to stop a frac sand mine or regulate an existing mine.  In the pas...
  • /news/press-releases/2013/sand-mines-your-right-to-know/
    Summary Madison- State Senator Kathleen Vinehout unveiled a package of five legislative proposals to protect local people’s right to know about sand mines and participate in local decisions to locate a mine.
    Body Sand Mines: Your Right to Know Senator Vinehout Unveils Five-Point Plan   Madison- State Senator Kathleen Vinehout unveiled a package of five legislative proposals to protect local people’s right to know about sand mines and participate in local de...
  • /news/columns/2013/lose-local-government-and-you-will-lose-america/
    Summary The bill, introduced by Senator Tiffany, is reportedly aimed at standardizing rules for sand mines. But the bill would stop any local protection of water, air or the use of explosives.
    Body Lose Local Government and you will Lose America “Lose local government and you will lose America,” warns the banner on the Wisconsin Towns Association website. The head of this organization has recently spent a lot of time at the Capitol. Rick St...
  • /news/columns/2013/locals-plead-to-lawmakers-do-not-roll-back-local-protections/
    Summary “Our aim when drafting the ordinance was not to stop mining in the Town of Cooks Valley but to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of our town,” said Town Clerk Victoria Trinko.
    Body Locals Plead to Lawmakers: Do Not Roll Back Local Protections “Our aim when drafting the ordinance was not to stop mining in the Town of Cooks Valley but to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of our town,” said Town Clerk Victo...