State Rep. Peter Barca
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Statement of Rep. Barca on Republican Proposal to Eliminate Nonpartisan Audit Bureau

"In a session filled with bad ideas, this is one of the worst in terms of adversely affecting the taxpayers' long-term interest."

By - Jun 8th, 2015 03:38 pm

MADISON – Today, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) issued the following statement on Rep. Dave Craig’s proposal to eliminate the Legislative Audit Bureau:

“In a session filled with bad ideas, this is one of the worst in terms of adversely affecting the taxpayers’ long-term interest.

“One of the greatest strengths of the Wisconsin Legislature is having nonpartisan service agencies like the Audit Bureau, Fiscal Bureau and Reference Bureau. Through these agencies, citizens can be assured they are getting the pure facts and that the information released is not being clouded by partisan judgment or political spin.

“Changing the nonpartisan, award-winning Legislative Audit Bureau into partisan appointees continues the Republican efforts to reduce oversight of state government. The move would allow for more partisan and special-interest influence and further erode Wisconsin’s tradition of clean, open and transparent government.

“The timing is especially curious coming on the heels of the extremely critical audit of the Walker Administration’s WEDC, which has been rife with mismanagement and perceived cronyism. Taxpayers deserve more oversight and accountability, not less.”

During his time in the legislature, Rep. Barca has twice co-chaired the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

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