Menards Update

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Both the Governor and the DNR Secretary said Tuesday they want Wisconsin to be a state of high environmental standards but also high economic development.
Striking the right balance between the two is the crux of the problem for Eau Claire-based Menards, which has announced out-of- state expansions blaming tight state regulations.

Secretary Scott Hassett says negotiations involving wetlands are different than those involving air emissions, and often take longer to work out.

"The waters of the state belong to the people," said Hassett, "and we take that very seriously in this state and that's part of what makes this state great. Nonetheless, we have to balance that with economic development."

Hasset said that talks between the two groups are frequent and he's optimistic about the eventual outcome.