July 30, 2014

Senators want WEDC criminal probe

Three state senators have requested that the Dane County District Attorney open a criminal investigation into the state’s troubled job creation agency. “We don’t know if it rises to the level of criminal behavior, and you don’t want to place blame,” Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) said. “But what we want to see is WEDC comply with the law.”

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation was the focus of a highly critical audit into its operations. The audit found the agency failed to follow state laws in issuing awards, incentives, and tax credits, and failed to track tens of millions of dollars in loans.

“We received the letter, we’ll take a look at it,” Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne said “we look at everything we receive and go from there.”

Hansen said there needs to be an independent investigation and this seems to be the only way to compel their cooperation with state statutes. The letter was sent by Hansen along with Senators Bob Wirch (D-Racine) and Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton).

WTAQ