Walker’s Jobs Agency Reforms Only Scratch the Surface
Citizen Action of Wisconsin renewed it’s call to scrap WEDC.
Statewide: Reeling from to mounting criticism of his failed jobs agency, Governor Scott Walker is proposing surface reforms which do not address its core problems. Walker proposes ending the business loan program at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and shifting resources to tax incentives. However, both the tax incentive and loan programs were criticized in a scathing state audit. Also over the weekend the Wisconsin State Journal reported a large questionable unsecured loan to a firm whose owner made a large contribution to Governor Walker’s reelection campaign. The loan was not repaid.
In response, Citizen Action of Wisconsin renewed it’s call to scrap WEDC and create a fully accountable public agency to lead Wisconsin’s job creation efforts. WEDC is not just badly mismanaged, it is a flawed model. The notion that our scarce job creation resources should be doled out to business without real accountability is one of the worst ideas in modern Wisconsin legislative history.
“The only permanent solution to the stunning failure of Governor Walker’s jobs agency is to disband it and create a fully accountable public department with a mission and a real strategy to create family supporting jobs,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “The new department should focus its resources on creating the maximum number of family supporting jobs, not poverty jobs, and should place a special emphasis on areas with the greatest shortage of good jobs. There should be a long term economic strategy to create more economic opportunity, clear publicly known benchmarks for any company receiving assistance, a transparent process fully insulated from political considerations, and clawbacks from companies that fail to create the family supporting jobs that were promised.”
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