Saturday , 18 November 2017

WISCONSIN BUSINESS LOBBY FIGHTS FUNDING PLAN TO REMOVE LEAD FROM DRINKING WATER

Wisconsin’s business lobby spoke out publicly Tuesday against a bipartisan legislative proposal to replace thousands of underground pipes that leach toxic lead into drinking water. Businesses aren’t against removing lead water lines that can cause permanent brain damage in children, but the current proposal should be changed to make cities — not water utilities — cover costs that will run in the millions of dollars, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce told a state Assembly committee. Backers of the bill countered that if cities were responsible there would likely be years of additional delays because state limits on local tax revenue have left most straining to pay for basic municipal services. Assembly Bill 78 and Senate Bill 48 would allow water utilities to help water customers remove lead water pipes. The assistance could come in the form of grants and low-interest or no-interest loans that target low-income homeowners. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/wisconsin-business-lobby-fights-funding-plan-to-remove-lead-from/article_3fc9b324-6492-5e03-9630-6ec6b30e4e4f.html

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