|Tiffany not working for his constituents|
Tom Tiffany is once again using his position as senator to serve his out-of-state contributors rather than the state and constituents he was sworn to serve. His legislation to restrict access to 4,000 acres of managed forest makes it obvious just who he serves — Gogebic Taconite.
One of Tiffany’s first acts as senator was to introduce the legislation he did not write for an organization that did not elect him. However, they did give him almost $75,000 for his campaign. The phrase that describes this is “being bought.”Since he is bought and paid for, Tiffany is continuing to give a good return on Gogebic Taconite’s investment by introducing more legislation specific to their desires. This is not legislation requested by his constituents. It is misuse of our legislative process and his position as senator to pass a bill to benefit a single company that gave him a lot of money. This reeks of corruption and abuse of power.
The method he used to introduce this corporate favor was underhanded to say the least. He submitted the bill late on Friday before the Labor Day weekend to avoid the bother of having to discuss the merits of the bill or listen to any contrary opinion. He took it upon himself to schedule a quick committee vote to ram it through before the opposition could gain any traction.
This bit of corporate giveaway contains loopholes and exemptions that will save his corporate sponsors a lot of money. These exemptions do not, however, apply to any of the other landowners in the managed forest area.
It is clear who Tiffany is working for, and it ain’t us.
|Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:20 PM|