State Sen. Jennifer Shilling
Press Release

Gov. Walker fired from troubled jobs agency

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling.

By - May 21st, 2015 06:52 pm

MADISON – Amid calls for a federal investigation into alleged corruption and criminal violations, legislative Republicans voted to remove Gov. Walker from his position as Chairman of the scandal-plagued Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Board. Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement in response to this latest development:

“It is becoming increasingly clear that Gov. Walker is unable to manage his responsibilities as governor as he continues to travel across the nation pursuing his presidential ambitions. While it’s encouraging that Republicans in the State Legislature have removed Gov. Walker from his position as Chairman of the WEDC Board, they have yet to present a plan to correct the ongoing waste, fraud and abuse at this troubled agency. After four years of scandals and scathing audits, it is clear that we need greater public oversight to put an end to the corruption and mismanagement at Gov. Walker’s WEDC.”

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10 thoughts on “Gov. Walker fired from troubled jobs agency”

  1. Jeremy says:

    Possibly true. However the Dem party keeps trying to add amendments to the budget that increase borrowing and skyrocket costs for taxpayers (i.e. “Higher Ed, Lower Debt” program) Can we just get serious and stop with the idiotic games?

  2. Richard Hanson says:

    Why hasn’t a grand jury been seated. I’d like to see former employees reveal what they know about the missing money and documentation that has allowed this criminal organization to operate on full view.

  3. David says:

    The corrupt roaches run for cover and paper shredding begins. It is amazing how fast the culture in Wisconsin has changed in that corruption like this was unthinkable before Walker to rampant sleaze and theft. Supporters like Jeremy think it is a game that public workers are permanently stripped of 15% of their wages for a corrupt stooge like Walker to turn around with taxpayer funds and shovel money to his benefactors in his pay to play scheme.

    Wisconsin had always been known as fair, honest, trustworthy governance. That has been stripped away with Walker and his cronies in short order and Wisconsin continues its downward spiral as a worst in class state in most measurable areas.

  4. Jeremy says:

    David your naivete is showing through. Please don’t tell me that you think favorable deals haven’t happened prior to the Walker administration. The press release is about Gov. Walker’s inability to manage, especially since he’s been out of state. I think there is a valid place for organizations like WEDC. I’d just prefer that the gamesmanship end. Democrats will rail about the amount of borrowing for transportation and then turn around and propose bills that borrow just as much for other things. Republicans constantly talk about local control and then write bills that do everything possible to limit that control. It’s all so absurd.

  5. PMD says:

    Jeremy sometimes selective partisan outrage rears its ugly head around here. Both parties are guilty of pay to play. Both parties bend over backwards for big donors. Is WEDC under-staffed? There have been serious oversight and staff turnaround problems among other things. Was it a lack of staffing or did they just not really care? Or have they been hiring the wrong people? Maybe it’s time to just kill it altogether.

  6. Tim says:

    “Hiring the wrong people” … hahahahahaha, is that like a caught bank robber saying they “accidentally removed a deposit from the wrong account”?

    WEDC is operating as Walker intended; only the gullible & naive believe otherwise.

  7. PMD says:

    It’s a mess Tim, I agree, but that’s the way Walker intended it to be? He wanted a whole bunch of bad press as sets up his run for president?

  8. David says:

    Walker was a roach before he was governor with his County paid staff using County offices and computers servers to run for higher office. He got away with this corruption and some of his staff paid with jail time as his scape-goats. There has always been some corrupt practices in modern history of governance in Wisconsin and some have paid the price. Walker’s current version of corruption has taken it to new levels and a previous fawning and complying media played right along into his schemes.

    60% of WECC funds have gone to Walker’s contributors in his pay to play scheme – intentional theft of taxpayer funds that were stolen from public workers’ 15% permanent pay cuts and education funding going to private schools and benefactors. Walker leaves a toxic stench in whatever he touches and it has poisoned Wisconsin. Walker, his cronies, supporters and laws written by corporations for their benefit only through ALEC, are enemies of all decent hard working people in Wisconsin and the people without a voice to speak for them. They are simply un-American.

    The thought of this crook and his cronies even being mentioned and covered as Presidential material is repulsive and disgusting.

  9. Alene Bidwell says:

    Tim, you are right when you say, “WEDC is operating as Walker intended; only the gullible & naive believe otherwise.” Walker comes in, barks orders, refuses to take suggestions, always uses the royal “We” for everything he does (seldom to never says “I”), and then he leaves everyone else to do the work. When things go wrong, then he can say that’s what “they” wanted, or he can deny participating in the details and says “I don’t know.” How many times does he have to do this for people to see it?

    When he first told his staff what he intended to do with the unions, he detailed in his book that it “took a moment for (his staff) to realize I was not just asking a hypothetical question. I had already made up my mind.” The idea was Walker’s alone. You can read it in his book. This is the way he approaches his job. He makes the decision and then barks orders for everyone else to carry out the details on their own so when things don’t go as planned he has plausible deniability. The buck “never” stops with him, but always with his subordinates. They even go to jail for him.

  10. Jennifer says:

    This is man is a mentality ill person… and the people who support him is even sicker… when it comes to Government we the people really don’t have a say on who is going to take what office in Goverment, Why? Because The American Government has been sold out to the highest bidder bottom line… I Believe that this man should be put in jail, he is above the law. He don’t care about what you have on him… seem to me that what ever people may have on him… he has worstser things on them, leaven him to walk… and mess up Wisconsin.. there were jobs offers to this city and people could of been working. But walker turned them down.. for a Bucks Arena which once again going to cost Milwaukee county tax payers money that we just don’the want to foot for other people’s in other county enjoyment… most of us can’t afford to take our children to see the Brewers, or Bucks game. But sure enough we foot the bill, and the last in thought for decent paying job… I say enough already.. make this right.. stop being a sale out yourself… you have a way to reach the public with the truth do it… God sees all things even you.

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