A Compromise Too Good to Succeed?

Published on Saturday, February 13, 2016

It’s not uncommon for legislators in Madison to enjoy the sound of their own voices a little too much while pushing legislation that does more harm than good. As a result, self-absorption and poor policy judgement collide – and bring us some truly memorable quotes.

Take for example Representative Scott Krug’s recent claim that a high-capacity well bill he championed with Senator Cowles failed because it was “Too good of a compromise.”

Representative Krug is clearly operating under a different definition of “compromise,” because he was unable to work with others to build a broad spectrum of support to advance his proposal. Given the wide range of groups opposed to AB 477 and its laundry list of moderate co-sponsors, it should be no surprise that the effort has failed to gain any traction with those fighting for private property owner’s rights.

Luckily, there is an alternative proposal that has gained momentum. Assembly Bill 874 – a common-sense solution authored by Representative Nerison and Senator Gudex – provides the certainty that private property owners desire by ensuring that their existing wells can be repaired, maintained and replaced without being suffocated by red tape.