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Visitors to Sen. Tom Casperson’s state office suite might surmise his environmental priorities as soon as they walk in.

“IF YOU OBJECT TO LOGGING, TRY USING PLASTIC TOILET PAPER,” instructs a green placard hanging near the door.

Before turning to politics, the Republican from Escanaba spent more than two decades alongside his father in the family log trucking business — an experience that helped shape his pro-industry, pro-private property rights belief that Michiganders would be better off if regulators did less regulating.

Senator wants to defang the ‘radical’ Michigan DEQ. He just may do so.

Powerful Sen. Tom Casperson wants to give industry the power to override decisions from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which he says pushes a “radical left-wing agenda.”


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