Walker convenes hasty meeting over job agency

Meeting about WEDC Wednesday in Waukesha
Walker convenes hasty meeting over job agency
Gov. Scott Walker sits at the head of a WEDC meeting in Waukesha in early May.

Gov. Scott Walker has convened an emergency meeting of his flagship job-creation agency to discuss last week’s scathing audit.

Walker was in Waukesha on Wednesday meeting with the board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

WEDC has been beset by problems in its two years of existence. For example, a nonpartisan audit released last week found WEDC didn’t consistently follow the law during its first year. The agency also failed to adequately track loans and it provided tax breaks to unqualified companies.

Walker opened the meeting saying counties and employers have provided largely positive feedback about the role WEDC has played in their job-creation projects. He says it’s frustrating to now have to talk about shortcomings within the agency, some of which relate to staffers who are no longer there.

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