In what parallel universe does a scandal-plagued agency that just got dinged for failing to account for the money it’s been spending get more money?
That parallel universe would be Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.
There’s something flat-out bizarre about the governor's response to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. fiasco.
Following the release of a scathing Legislative Audit Bureau report on how the agency the governor created appears to have failed to follow state law — and standard accounting practices — with regard to the distribution of loans, the operation of its many programs, and even its rules for the use of credit cards by staffers, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, urged the legislative Joint Finance Committee to delay action on proposals to give WEDC more money.
Barca's proposal was so logical it is a wonder that he had to ask.
But simple logic is not Walker’s way. He rejected the call from Barca.
The governor, who chairs the WEDC board, actually wants to give the agency more money BEFORE the mess is cleaned up.
That may make sense to Walker. But in the real world, common sense says this: Fix WEDC before you throw any more taxpayer dollars at the failed experiment.
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