Letter over bid raises more questions

State to use third party to review bids

Wisconsin’s economic development agency offered tax breaks to a Stevens Point company contingent upon it winning a state contract in late March.

That decision was made three months before the offer was rescinded after Gov. Scott Walker’s administration said it was inappropriate.

A letter released to The Associated Press shows Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer Paul Jadin let information systems company Skyward, Inc., know on March 22 that it would receive tax incentives if it won the contract.

The letter raises questions about the offer, which would have given Skyward a leg up bidding for the $15 million project to run a statewide information system for schools.

Walker’s Department of Administration on Monday said it put the project on hold. DOA on Friday set July 10th as the new deadline for bids.

The state will use an independent third party to observe the evaluation process of bids for the new statewide school information system. DOA spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster said the third party has not yet been selected, but that step was being taken out of an abundance of caution to make sure the bid is awarded in the most transparent, impartial way possible.