Disappointment expressed over recent letter by state legislators
I am disappointed by the letter released today by a number of state legislators from Minnesota and Wisconsin opposing a new St. Croix River Crossing. It is important to note that most of those Wisconsin legislators signing the letter represent districts hundreds of miles from western Wisconsin. Those of us that have long supported a new bridge have worked to build support with stakeholders and elected officials at all levels of government and from both parties. I commend the bipartisan effort of our two states’ Congressional delegations being led by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann. Their effort has bipartisan support from elected officials in both states, including U.S. Representatives Ron Kind and Sean Duffy and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin.
Now, with positive action being taken to move a new bridge forward in the U.S. Congress, a few legislators, one of whom has direct ties to the Sierra Club, are seeking to further stall or delay this vital project. The Sierra Club is responsible for filing the lawsuits that have delayed the building of a new bridge and increased project costs.
The reality is there is wide-ranging support for the St. Croix River Crossing project from citizens and elected officials in both states. I encourage the Congressional delegations from both our states to continue to move federal legislation forward and look forward to continuing to assist in that effort.