Picking up the "hammers and saws" to get us out of this economic abyss. These are "down times" for the economy, and Wisconsin needs to "build" itself out of the recession. That from Madison Democrat Spencer Black, the newest member of the state Building Commission. "We are going to be getting federal stimulus to put people to work," says Black. "By building needed projects, environmentally sustainable projects, we can not only be putting people to work right now, but also developing the base and framework for jobs that will carry on into the future."
The Madison Democrat, who chairs the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, says a key component of that is getting rid of coal to fire our power plants, and replacing it with natural gas and biofuels. "I think that's very exciting, because the university here, by getting rid of coal and using sustainable biofuels . . . can really be a model for the entire country."