Lawmaker calls for more oversight of WEDC

Legislator looks for information on where taxpayer money is going

Published On: Oct 17 2012 03:57:35 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 17 2012 04:03:19 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

The co-chair of the Legislature's Audit Committee said more information is needed about what is happening with taxpayer money under the control of state agencies, including the new quasi-private group that leads economic development efforts.

Democratic state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma, Wis., said she is drafting legislation to improve oversight.

The Audit Committee also held a hearing Wednesday with the head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and state auditors to discuss the work of the year-old agency and how to better track spending on job creation efforts.

The Audit Bureau in June released a report saying eight state agencies which spent tens of millions of dollars on economic development programs don't have a complete picture of the payoff.