Gov. Walker confident mining company will return

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Governor Scott Walker

MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he is confident that mining company G-Tech will return to Wisconsin if the Legislature passes a bill making it easier for them to open an iron ore mine.

Walker made his comments Wednesday after a speech at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, which has advocated for passage of a mining bill.

The Legislature could not reach agreement on a mining bill last year. Walker drew applause at his speech when he mentioned the need to pass a bill, saying it would bring thousands of jobs to northern Wisconsin where the mine would be located.

Florida-based Gogebic Taconite said it was giving up on the mine after the bill failed. But Walker says he thinks it would come back if a bill similar to last year’s passes.