Or something. I can't figure this one out. Republicans typically oppose letting Jim Doyle have any more power and here's a bill to take some away, and they're opposed to it. The DNR secretary became increasingly politicized when Tommy Thompson took control of it, and yet now Republicans want it to stay in the hands of the Governor?
Call me Ishmael, there they go again.
Legislature approves bill to shift DNR secretary appointment - JSOnline
Republican lawmakers cite examples of what they call heavy-handed regulation by the DNR in their districts. And with an ailing economy, they worried that the DNR will become less attuned to the economic effects of their decisions.
"This bill will make our regulatory climate worse," said Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend). "This is a huge step backwards."
Supporters of the independent secretary say the DNR has become more political over time. The board lost its authority to appoint the DNR secretary in 1995 under then-Gov. Tommy G. Thompson.