State Sen. Jennifer Shilling
Press Release

Audit reveals additional problems at persistently troubled agency

Shilling statement on Gov. Walker’s WEDC failure

By - May 8th, 2015 11:05 am

MADISON – A new audit of Governor Walker’s persistently troubled Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) revealed another round of critical shortcomings. In response, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:

“How many more years of failure do we have to put up with before Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans get serious about fixing the deep-rooted issues with this horribly mismanaged agency? As Chairman of the WEDC, Gov. Walker must accept responsibility for the ongoing financial mismanagement issues and troubling news of tax breaks going to companies who outsource Wisconsin jobs. Instead of dealing with these serious issues, Gov. Walker continues to shirk his responsibilities as he jets around the nation in pursuit of his presidential campaign ambitions.”

Key WEDC Audit Findings:
•    WEDC did not consistently follow statutes or its policies when making financial awards.
•    WEDC did not comply with all statutory requirements related to program oversight.
•    Staff did not consistently comply with policies established by WEDC’s governing board.
•    Additional efforts are needed to help ensure that WEDC administers its state-funded programs effectively.

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2 thoughts on “Audit reveals additional problems at persistently troubled agency”

  1. David says:

    What is keeping con-artists like Walker and his cronies from being brought up on charges for corruption except that we have a complicit State Attorney and corrupted State Supreme Court, and Legislature that is all in on the scam.

  2. John Norquist says:

    Governor Walker is actually using the WEDC in the way it was intended to be used which is to reward proximity to state political power. Cronyism has been with Wisconsin since its founding, but not often so blatantly as under Walker. The best outcome would be to eliminate this worse than useless agency. If GOP leaders really believe in less government they could demonstrate it by ending WEDC.

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