State Rep. Peter Barca
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Rep. Barca Statement on New WEDC CEO Mark Hogan

“It’s also curious that Gov. Walker tapped one of his major donors to fill this role at WEDC.”

By - Sep 3rd, 2015 02:16 pm

MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), a Democratic representative on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Board, today released the following statement on Governor Walker naming Mark Hogan as Secretary and CEO of WEDC:

“I am glad to see that Mark Hogan has experience in the private and financial sector and I look forward to working with him.

“I am disappointed but not surprised that this leadership change was not discussed at the WEDC board meeting we held last week. While WEDC knew Reed Hall was leaving there was no discussion at that meeting of potential candidates, let alone the process for filling the role.

“It’s also curious that Gov. Walker tapped one of his major donors to fill this role at WEDC.

“A change of leadership was desperately needed at this agency but unfortunately, there are persistent problems with the structure of WEDC that Sen. Lassa and I are working to address. We hope that newly appointed Secretary Hogan will work with us on this process.”

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One thought on “Rep. Barca Statement on New WEDC CEO Mark Hogan”

  1. Alene Bidwell says:

    When I read about this new appointment in my local paper this morning I too was surprised that Walker apparently simply made the appointment with no discussion with the WEDC board. One would think that the board should be involved in who their chairman was I was not surprised that Walker appointed yet another one of his campaign donors to the board. That’s Walker’s MO. No one should ever be surprised that other’s are not involved in these appointments since Walker made sure he held all the power he could possibly get just as soon as he became governor. He took powers away from the assembly and senate as soon as possible and that took away the people’s voice in our state government. Barca should know by now that Walker is indebted to no one, answers to no one, and he alone makes all the decisions. That’s how Walker rolls. He’s driving the bus, not the state senate or the state legislature who have to answer to the people.

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