The PFAS problem making news in La Crosse is getting attention from the area’s state legislators.
The three lawmakers who represent La Crosse County in Madison had an on-line listening session on Monday, where they were asked about ways to help families with well water tainted by chemicals.
Senator Brad Pfaff says the next state budget should include money for PFAS relief.
“It is causing real stress and anxiety and consternation to homeowners, and to residents,” said
Billings also spoke about serving on the Wisconsin building commission, which just deadlocked along party lines on building programs for the UW System. She says the Prairie Springs science center for UW-La Crosse can’t be put off any longer.
“I believe that there are incredible needs on campuses because of deferred and delayed projects over the last 10 years, especially the first 8 years of this decade,” said Democrat Billings, referring to the period when Republicans controlled both the governor’s office and the legislature.
“What that tells me is that we are in for another two years of the two parties not talking to each other, because the maps have been drawn that almost prohibit the parties from working together,” said Doyle.
During the listening session, lawmakers also called for funding to relieve frequent flooding in the area, and noted that the La Crosse area might get around $40 million from the Biden administration’s COVID-19 relief bill.