Friday, March 7, 2008

Decker's hometown Chamber says "no" to bogus compromise

We've talked about the unprecedented business community support for Wisconsin's smoke-free legislation before (Wisconsin Restaurant Association, Wisconsin Innkeepers Association, Wisconsin Tourism Federation, Association of Wisconsin Tourism Attractions, Wisconsin Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Wisconsin Dells Convention and Visitors Bureau...), but now that sector's feelings about SB 150 and the alternatives being promoted by the Tavern League and its partners, including Big Tobacco, is hitting home for some legislators. Last night the Wausau Chamber of Commerce voted not to support Sen. Decker's so-called compromise on the Breathe Free Wisconsin Act. Their main reason: it applied different rules to different kinds of businesses, thereby creating an unlevel playing field. You can read the full article covering the meeting here.

Smoke-free advocates also oppose Sen. Decker's proposal because it doesn't provide immediate and equal health protections to all Wisconsin residents and workers. It's time for Wisconsin to go smoke-free and it's time to bring the Breathe Free Wisconsin Act to a vote so our legislators can make that a reality.

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