Lawmakers to move ahead with WEDC budget vote

Agency under fire after audit
Lawmakers to move ahead with WEDC budget vote

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee plans to move ahead with a vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget for his chief economic development agency despite mounting concerns and Democrats’ calls for a delay.

Committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren said Wednesday he was prepared to move ahead with Thursday’s vote on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. two-year, $75.6 million budget.

Democrats have called for a delay given serious issues raised in a nonpartisan audit last week. That report was to be reviewed by the Legislature’s Audit Committee at the same time on Thursday that WEDC’s budget was up for a vote.

Nygren says that while reforms may be needed at WEDC, he doesn’t believe it should hold up consideration of the agency’s budget.

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