Dear Editor: As a Dane County citizen and physician dedicated to the health of our local citizens, I am writing in opposition to the last-minute legislation put in the state budget barring local governments from imposing specific insurance requirements on oil companies.
Enbridge corporation's desire to increase capacity in Line 61 entails no benefit to the people of Dane County or Wisconsin. They will pay no tax dollars to Wisconsin for these actions, and they will hold limited liability for environmental harm from spills, such as Enbridge's oil spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in July 2010. Meanwhile, Wisconsin citizens would face loss of arable land, a degraded environment, plummeting property values, and detrimental health impacts.
This legislation is a shameless misuse of our taxpayer-financed Legislature. Eminent domain for private gain is not a policy position. It is a sellout to special interests.
Our Legislature is for us, the citizens of Wisconsin. Our elected officials should be acting to preserve and respect local government. They should be modeling transparency in the legislative process. I encourage my colleagues, neighbors and community members to ask the Legislature to represent citizens, not corporations.
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