Citizen Action of Wisconsin
Press Release

Outsourcing Scandal Re-emerges at WEDC

“It is scandalous that state policy still allows public money to go to corporations engaged in outsourcing jobs.”

By - Apr 28th, 2015 07:43 am
Outsourced

Outsourced

Statewide: In response to new revelations reported yesterday by WKOW TV Madison that a multinational corporation receiving state support is outsourcing Wisconsin jobs to Mexico, Citizen Action called on the Governor Walker and the Joint Finance Committee to enact stronger accountability measures.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has repeatedly called on Governor Walker and lawmakers to use the proposed merger of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) as an opportunity to fix the loopholes that allow public economic development dollars to go to companies engaged in outsourcing jobs.

As was documented by Citizen Action of Wisconsin in October, public commitments by Walker and WEDC officials over the summer that the outsourcing loopholes would be closed did not materialize. According to an analysis of board meeting minutes by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, it is still perfectly legal for a company to receive WEDC funds and outsource jobs at the same time. Wisconsin Public Radio reported in October that WEDC refused to deny that companies receiving WEDC loans, grants, and tax credits can still outsource jobs. In addition, a very costly tax break for manufactures enacted by the Walker Administration also does not contain any safeguards against outsourcing.

“It is scandalous that state policy still allows public money to go to corporations engaged in outsourcing jobs,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “The public deserves much greater accountability when it comes to spending precious economic development dollars. This money is intended to expand opportunity for workers in Wisconsin, not support companies engaged in outsourcing jobs.”

Recent Press Releases by Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Healthcare Professionals Critique Walker Plan in BadgerCare Waiver Public Comment

Doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, and advocates question Governor’s handling of healthcare in his administration’s latest BadgerCare waiver proposal.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin

2018 Wisconsin Health Insurance Cost Ranking

Report finds continuing regional disparities on cost, inflation, and quality. Rate of health care inflation was more than 15x higher before Affordable Care Act

Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Wisconsin 2018 Health Insurance Rate Spike Can Be Avoided With BadgerCare Public Option

Protects Wisconsinites from Trump’s health care sabotage

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *