July 3, 2006
Hooray for Michigan!
A fascinating story appeared on July 1 in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Michigan Shuts Tap to Lake" was the header. The report began, "A quiet bid by New Berlin and state officials to expand the community's access to Lake Michigan water was struck down by the governor of Michigan."
No surprise New Berlin would try to take more water, but the Doyle administration? Question: If New Berlin can put a straw in the Lake, what argument do we trot out to stop Arizona from doing the same?
And how about some transparency? As Tom Barrett's office said, "If it was such a great idea, where are all the press releases? (Who owns the water?) It's not the Doyle administration's water to barter. The application should have been a tranasparent process." Amen, Mr. Mayor, amen.
Doyle's response is jolting: "We're working with lawyers to determine if New Berlin's request actually is a diversion." Really? Whose lawyers are you working with? Are taxpayers footing the bill to help New Berlin skirt the rules and possibly jeopardize one of our greatest assets? Are you working with the attorney general, Governor, or with New Berlin lawyers?
What the hell is going on?
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