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Mining bill discussed on Capitol City Sunday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Jobs and mining are at the top of next year's legislative agenda and they're also the featured topics on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.            

Kurt Bauer, President and CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, believes the key to Wisconsin's economic future is linked to its past, in that its important to get young workers excited about manufacturing jobs.

"These are not dumb, dirty and dangerous jobs like they used to be," said Bauer. "The factories that I get to tour as part of my job are absolutely amazing and I think they'd be very intellectually stimulating to people if they were just exposed to them."

And just like Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin), Bauer also wants to see mining jobs, soon.            
He fully supports the re-introduction of the failed mining bill, from earlier this year, in the next legislative session beginning in January.

"We think that AB 426 is a starting point," said Bauer. "We do believe that there are some tweaks.  There's always an opportunity to make a bill better, but we think that its important to move forward with this project because you look at it, we're talking about three thousand jobs statewide."

The guest for the second half of the show, is former radio talk-show host John "Sly" Sylvester.

He talks about wanting to get back on the air after being part of a complete newsroom layoff at WTDY last week.

Sly says his voice is important for Madison.

"And look, I've said plenty of outrageous things in my career, usually meant as humor," said Sylvester.  "Sometimes I've walked over the line, but I've always tried to have a moral compass if I think my side or the people that I've generally agreed with on other things are doing something wrong, I call 'em on it."

You can catch Capitol City Sunday at 9:00 a.m., right after This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

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