Wednesday, December 19, 2012

WEDC: Big Government Republicans Fleece Taxpayer Part 1

Business tax revenues will soon short change the state millions in general revenues, that’s already a given. Thankfully, that will help Republicans make the case for smaller government.

Now the Walker Authority and his band of legislative pirates are expanding “small” government, costing taxpayers even more. Confusing? Well, that’s what makes conservatism so appealing to low information Republican voters.

Walker is now going to have two agencies instead of one, where taxpayers will continue to pay private sector board members on WEDC to do “marketing,” while taxpayers also foot the bill for the state to do all the real work granting loans, underwriting, data reporting, contract and fiscal management etc…. 
WSJ: The state's top jobs agency will no longer oversee a key community development block grant program … WEDC was created in July 2011 and was meant to be the flagship agency to help Gov. Scott Walker, who serves as chairman of the board, in his efforts to create 250,000 jobs by the end of his first term.

But Mike Huebsch, secretary of the state Department of Administration, told the board Tuesday that his agency will take over responsibilities for the economic and community development program, including underwriting, data reporting, and contract and fiscal management. He added that WEDC would continue its role in "communicating, marketing and serving as a liaison with communities and businesses on facilitating these grant opportunities."
Two programs for the price of…two programs at taxpayers’ expense. And not a peep from conservative talk radio hosts or newspaper editorial boards. And I don't even want to get into lost taxpayer money on bankruptcy's and no accountability.

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