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Lawmaker calls for more oversight of WEDC

Legislator looks for information on where taxpayer money is going

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.

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