AUDIT: WEDC Cannot Be Certain of Any Jobs Created or Retained

Kathleen Vinehout
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
Our state spends a great deal of money on economic development. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is responsible for overseeing much of the taxpayer money that goes to job creation.
A recently released audit by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) found that “WEDC cannot be certain about the number of jobs actually created or retained as a result of any awards that ended.”
By law, WEDC is required to report jobs created or retained. The agency meets the requirement through reports posted on its website. However, auditors found these data inaccurate.
“We found that the on-line data in January of 2017 included 183 jobs created and 1,082 jobs retained by recipients that had sold their operations in Wisconsin, ceased their operations in Wisconsin, or had withdrawn from their contracts before the contractually specified completion dates.

Dana Wachs/Kathleen Vinehout Budget Town Hall

This is the town hall meeting that Kathleen Vinehout and Dana Wacs held on May 20, 2017 in Eau Claire, WI. They covered a large range of different topics, mostly concentrating on healthcare and the transportation budget. A lively discussion follows.  There were some equipment issues in the midst of recording this so it is recorded on two different cameras. I've attempted to even up the video quality and sound levels a little bit - but didn't completely succeed. Hoping to be able to afford a little bit of equipment upgrade as part of the Wis.Community project.

Wachs/Vinehout Budget Town Hall

Uppitywis will be moving at some point

Just a quick note.  It's my intention to, some time in the next few months, move Uppity Wisconsin over to be one of the communities in .  My goal here is to have one less web site to maintain, and to help out with the growth of the platform.  This isn't going to be quick, it's currently a fairly low-level activity for me.

First the Good News!

David Clarke

Sheriff David A Clarke is leaving Milwaukee County and Wisconsin.

Now the bad news -- he's leaving to take a position as assistant secretary of Homeland Security. 

I am at the moment trying to imagine the working relationship between Clarke and John Kelly.  The Trump administration becomes more bizarre by the moment and continues to aim toward being dysfunctional. We'd been hearing rumors of this for month but it was hard to imagine  that this would actually happen, even with President Trump.  Perhaps, though, the county's sheriff's office will start to receive proper attention, and peole will stop dying mysteriously and horribly in the jail cells. 

Rep. Sargent: WEDC Audit Reveals Continued Dereliction, Insubordination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          

May 17, 2017

Contact: Britt Cudaback, [email protected], 308-440-2939


Rep. Sargent: WEDC Audit Reveals Continued Dereliction, Insubordination

Governor Walker agency continues economic discouragement and taxpayer dollar malfeasance


(MADISON) – Today State Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) voiced her outrage regarding the results of the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau’s (LAB) biennial audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) (17-9), the results of which revealed Governor Walker’s taxpayer-subsidized job agency has continued to be derelict in its duties to Wisconsin taxpayers.


“Not surprisingly, the audit released today is eerily similar to the audit released two years ago,” said Rep. Sargent. “WEDC has proven time and again to be derelict in its duties to taxpayers and our state. There’s no increased accountability or transparency—WEDC isn’t collecting necessary information on tax credit applications, they’re allowing more loan payment defaults, and they also can’t substantiate any actual job creation numbers.

JFC restores 5 of 6 cut Elections Board positions

Scott Walker

Governor Walker's budget included a cut for the equivalent of 6 positions in the Elections Board, arguing that they could continue without those workers.  This is interesting because it has been all too apparent that the board has bare-bones staffing for the ever-increasing requirements being placed upon them.

Apparently even Republicans on the JFC have realized that and have restored 5 of the 6 cut positions.

Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, said the commission was "significantly understaffed" as it oversaw the 2016 election and presidential recount.

Republicans Pass Trio of Bills Putting Vulnerable Families at Risk of Homelessness

DATE: May 10, 2017
CONTACT: Zach Madden, 608-266-7521(office) 608-620-3884 (cell)
Republicans Pass Trio of Bills Putting Vulnerable Families at Risk of Homelessness
MADISON – Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), ranking member on the Assembly Committee on Public Benefit Reform, released the following statement in response to passage by the State Assembly of AB 238, AB 240, and AB 242, a trio of Republican bills that put Wisconsin’s most vulnerable families at risk of homelessness. 
“Today, I was proud to stand with my Democratic colleagues who showed great empathy for individuals and families who live in poverty and struggle to feed their children and to keep a roof over their heads.
It is unfortunate that Assembly Republicans, who last week stood on the Assembly floor and claimed they wanted to end homelessness, today passed a series of punitive measures that will directly result in families losing their incomes and becoming homeless.
Instead of shaming and punishing our most vulnerable neighbors, we should put our energy and resources into addressing the root causes of poverty, raising wages, and building a fair economy that works for all.”

Senator Vinehout and Rep. Wachs Town Hall on Budget


Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm

For Immediate Release

May 9, 2017

Citizens Invited to State Budget Town Hall Meeting

Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Representative Dana Wachs will host a Town Hall Meeting regarding the proposed 2017-19 State Budget in Eau Claire on May 20, 2017.

This state budget will have significant impact on our schools, our roads and our natural resources,” Vinehout said. “The state budget is all about priorities and people need to let their voices be heard on where the state should invest its precious resources.”

We look forward to hearing from our constituents. The important budget decisions that are made in Madison will have an impact on our communities for years to come. The input from citizens help us make decisions as legislators,” said Wachs.

The public, local legislators and other elected officials are invited to participate.


May 20 2:30pm-4:30pm L.E. Phillips Memorial Library ~ Eau Claire Room

(Saturday) 400 Eau Claire Street, EAU CLAIRE