Lawmakers Cite Frustration with Wisconsin Jobs Board

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Republican state Rep. Jeff Stone says lawmakers are greatly frustrated with the state's economic development agency, and they want quick action.

Stone's comments came Wednesday at a board meeting for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. A recent audit of the job-creation agency found a number of serious missteps.

Stone, a board member, said WEDC is an organization "in intensive care," and lawmakers want to see dramatic improvement quickly.

State Sen. Julie Lassa, a Democrat and fellow board member, said she shared Stone's frustration. She said the agency hasn't done a good enough job of communicating issues to the board, making it difficult for the board to provide proper oversight.

Members of WEDC described steps already being taken to help solve problems, including new procedures for evaluating and tracking loans.

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