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Walker convenes hasty meeting over job agency

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Associated Press
May 8, 2013

WAUKESHA—Gov. Scott Walker is convening an emergency meeting of his flagship job-creation agency to discuss last week’s scathing audit.
Walker will be 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.
The hastily called meeting comes a day before separate legislative committees plan to discuss the audit. They’ll also consider Walker’s funding request for the agency.

This week also brought news that WEDC’s newly hired spokesman resigned after WKOW-TV in Madison discovered he owed $36,000 in back taxes.



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