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Walker wants lawmakers to break mining impasse

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is encouraging lawmakers to break their impasse over legislation that would streamline the state's mining permitting process.

The Assembly has already passed a bill designed to help a Florida company open an iron-ore mine in northern Wisconsin. But it doesn't seem to have enough support in the Senate.

Republican Sen. Dale Schultz and Democratic Sen. Bob Jauch have offered an approach that they say protects the public interest while balancing the desire to move quickly to create jobs.

Walker said Tuesday he wasn't endorsing any specific bill, but said he didn't like the Schultz-Jauch bill. He said it doesn't create enough jobs.

He also said Wisconsin has a long history as a mining state, and people here understand how important the industry is to the state economy.

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