Weekly Democratic radio address: "Restore Local Control"
MADISON – Senator Janet Bewley (D-Delta) offered the Democratic weekly radio address today. In her radio message, Sen. Bewley urged legislative leaders to take up Senate Bill 307, which would restore important local control policies that were repealed in the 2015-17 state budget.
"As the elected representative of one of the most sparsely populated areas of the state, I find myself saying 'one size does not fit all.' It’s time to go back, restore previous law and local control, and allow interested stakeholders to have input in our shoreland zoning standards." - Sen. Bewley
The audio file of this week’s address can be found here:
A written transcript of the address is below:
"Hi, I’m State Senator Janet Bewley with this week's Democratic radio address. Today I want to talk about pre-empting local control and threats to our waterways. Late in the budget process, without any opportunity for public input, one of my Republican colleagues was able to add a provision that takes away local control over shoreland development. Over 30 counties across the state, from Ashland and Barron in Northwestern Wisconsin to Crawford and Dodge in the South and over to Marinette and Sheboygan in Northeast, all would all see their carefully crafted shoreland zoning ordinances pre-empted by state law minimums.
"First and foremost, these types of changes have no place inserted into the state budget at the last minute. The public deserves the chance to evaluate and make suggestions on any proposal that pre-empts local control. People that elected us should be able to trust us to seek their input, not sneak changes into the state budget with no opportunity for public input.
"And just as important is the fact that these changes take us in the wrong direction. Preventing local communities from setting zoning standards that are appropriate for their circumstances will negatively affect not just waterways. It will result in threats to property values, recreation opportunities and economic development. As the elected representative of one of the most sparsely populated areas of the state, I find myself saying 'one size does not fit all.' It’s time to go back, restore previous law and local control, and allow interested stakeholders to have input in our shoreland zoning standards."